Statewide school attendance age increased in Kentucky

The age at which you can drop out of high school in Kentucky has gone up.

On Thursday, the boards of education in all 173 school districts in the state approved a policy that raises the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18.

The original school attendance law was created in 1934.

Governor Steve Beshear was a supporter of the policy saying, “The time when a student could drop out of high school and find a dependable, good-paying job is long gone.”

The Kentucky Department of Education provided each school district with a $10,000 grant to plan for implementation of the higher dropout age.

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