Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age

An overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor moving the dropout age to 18, a new poll says.

Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with a parent’s permission. But Gov.  Steve Beshear has advocated moving that age to 18.

A poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky said that 85 percent of parents agree with the governor and would like to see the age raised.

Fifteen percent said they did not want to move the dropout age up.

The poll surveyed 1,000 parents in Kentucky and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

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