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Education
1:52 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18

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In four years, Kentucky students won't be able to drop out of school until they're 18.

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.

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.

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Education
3:02 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Can Begin Adopting New Dropout Age

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Kentucky school districts can begin adopting new polices today to increase the minimum dropout age to 18.

Under new law, the Kentucky legislature has granted school boards the option to increase the minimum dropout age, which is currently 16. 

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Education
7:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Felt Like There Wasn’t Any Use to Keep Coming to School'

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Pierre Travis, 23, has lived in Louisville's West End his whole life.

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. 

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.

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Education
7:08 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Was Learning to Handle Things My Own Way'

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Twenty-three-year-old Steven Gholston 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.

Gholston says he attended over half a dozen Jefferson County Public Schools before dropping out. 

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Education
3:06 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

JCPS Supports Raising Dropout Age to 18, School Board Requests Quick Action

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials support raising the district’s dropout age to 18 and they want to move forward with approval soon.

Currently, students can drop out of school at age 16 with parental permission. But the General Assembly has passed legislation that would give local school districts the option to change that.

It's a decision JCPS has openly supported on its legislative agenda for the past two years, says Superintendent Donna Hargens.

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Education
7:20 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Started to Procrastinate'

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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. 

But when he discovered after 14 years the man he thought was his father wasn't, things started to slip.

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Education
3:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Kentucky Education Department Wants Legislators to Try Again to Raise Dropout Age

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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.

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.

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