Dropout http://wfpl.org en Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-s-new-dropout-age-will-be-18 <p>In four years, Kentucky students won't be able to drop out of school until they're 18.</p><p>It appears that enough Kentucky school districts have, or plan to back increasing the compulsory dropout age from 16 to 18 to put the state over the threshold needed to make the change mandatory statewide.</p><p>More than 20 school districts that have not yet acted on the policy are scheduled to meet this week, and WFPL has confirmed several of those districts plan to adopt the policy.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:52:53 +0000 Devin Katayama 6054 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18 Kentucky School Districts Can Begin Adopting New Dropout Age http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-school-districts-can-begin-adopting-new-dropout-age <p>Kentucky school districts can begin adopting new polices today to increase the minimum dropout age to 18.</p><p>Under new law, the Kentucky legislature has granted school boards the option to increase the minimum dropout age, which is currently 16.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:02:24 +0000 Devin Katayama 5905 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky School Districts Can Begin Adopting New Dropout Age Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Felt Like There Wasn’t Any Use to Keep Coming to School' http://wfpl.org/post/stories-dropping-out-i-felt-there-wasn-t-any-use-keep-coming-school <p></p><p>Pierre Travis, 23, has lived in Louisville's West End his whole life.</p><p>Like other youth we interviewed for our series featuring students who at some point dropped out of the public school system, Travis attended several Jefferson County public schools.&nbsp;</p><p>Travis says after being suspended sophomore year he was sent to Buechel Metropolitan High School, one of the district's several alternative schools. Here, he cycled in and out of the system over the next three years and ultimately left Buechel after being arrested for threatening a teacher, he says.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:55:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 4557 at http://wfpl.org Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Felt Like There Wasn’t Any Use to Keep Coming to School' Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Was Learning to Handle Things My Own Way' http://wfpl.org/post/stories-dropping-out-i-was-learning-handle-things-my-own-way <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty-three-year-old Steven </span>Gholston<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was born in Louisville’s South End but moved all over Jefferson County, even spending time in Cincinnati and Georgia. He says constantly being on the move was difficult.</span></p><p>Gholston says he attended over half a dozen Jefferson County Public Schools before dropping out.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:08:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 4451 at http://wfpl.org Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Was Learning to Handle Things My Own Way' JCPS Supports Raising Dropout Age to 18, School Board Requests Quick Action http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-supports-raising-dropout-age-18-school-board-requests-quick-action <p></p><p>Jefferson County Public Schools officials support raising the district’s dropout age to 18 and they want to move forward with approval soon.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, students can drop out of school at age 16 with parental permission. But <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-senate-ok-bill-gradually-raising-dropout-age-18">the General Assembly has passed legislation</a> that would give local school districts the option to change that. </span></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:06:06 +0000 Devin Katayama 4448 at http://wfpl.org JCPS Supports Raising Dropout Age to 18, School Board Requests Quick Action Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Started to Procrastinate' http://wfpl.org/post/stories-dropping-out-i-started-procrastinate <p>Twenty-year-old Kimani Straub says he left Seneca High School just shy of receiving his high school diploma. He's been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and bipolar disorder, but he was always able to maintain good grades.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #232323"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">But when he discovered after 14 years the man he thought was his father wasn't, things started to slip.</span></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:20:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 4349 at http://wfpl.org Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Started to Procrastinate' Kentucky Education Department Wants Legislators to Try Again to Raise Dropout Age http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-education-department-wants-legislators-try-again-raise-dropout-age <p>Changing the high school dropout age from 16 to 18 is a legislative priority once again for the Kentucky Board of Education. During the board's regular meeting Wednesday, board members approved a legislative agenda for the upcoming session that starts in January.</p><p>Previous attempts to change the dropout age have been unsuccessful because of questions about how alternative education programs to help at-risk students would be funded.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 20:30:38 +0000 Brenna Angel 2822 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Education Department Wants Legislators to Try Again to Raise Dropout Age