dropout bill http://wfpl.org en Gov. Beshear Signs Bill Gradually Raising Dropout Age to 18 http://wfpl.org/post/gov-beshear-signs-bill-gradually-raising-dropout-age-18 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After five years of advocacy, supporters of raising Kentucky's dropout age to 18 &nbsp;celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> signed the bill into law.</span></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:19:11 +0000 Kenny Colston 4542 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Beshear Signs Bill Gradually Raising Dropout Age to 18 Kentucky House, Senate OK Bill Gradually Raising Dropout Age to 18 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-senate-ok-bill-gradually-raising-dropout-age-18 <p><strong>Updated: </strong>School districts will have the option of raising the minimum age when students can drop out to 18 under legislation that on Monday cleared both the Kentucky House and Senate—which may lead to statewide implementation in the future.</p><p>The approved bill is a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;compromise reached after past efforts to strike a deal failed.</span></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:22:24 +0000 Kenny Colston 4432 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House, Senate OK Bill Gradually Raising Dropout Age to 18 Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age http://wfpl.org/post/poll-kentucky-parents-favor-raising-dropout-age <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor moving the dropout age to 18, a new poll says.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with a parent’s permission. But Gov. &nbsp;Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has <a href="/post/beshear-blends-old-and-new-legislative-priorities-2013">advocated moving that age to 18.</a></span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 05:02:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 3620 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age New Leadership in Senate Doesn't Equal Easier Road for Dropout Bill http://wfpl.org/post/new-leadership-senate-doesnt-equal-easier-road-dropout-bill <p></p><p>Three of the chief opponents to raising the dropout age in Kentucky will not return to Frankfort next year.</p><p>That doesn't mean a dropout bill is likely to pass in the 2013 legislative session.</p><p>State law allows 16-year-olds to drop out of school with parental permission. But education advocates want the law changed to eliminate all loopholes and require dropouts to be 18 or older.</p><p>With a new education chairman and new leadership in the Senate, those advocates are hopeful this will be their year.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 3062 at http://wfpl.org New Leadership in Senate Doesn't Equal Easier Road for Dropout Bill Beshear Blends Old and New Legislative Priorities in 2013 http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-blends-old-and-new-legislative-priorities-2013 <p></p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear is blending a mix of old and new when it comes to his legislative priorities in 2013.&nbsp;</p><p>With the 2013 session’s first days only weeks away, Beshear is ready to push some old initiatives while helping lawmakers solve pressing issues like pensions.</p><p>Beshear says he will once again try to find enough votes to pass expanded gambling legislation in 2013. And he wants to pass the so-called dropout bill as well.</p> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 3086 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Blends Old and New Legislative Priorities in 2013