Kentucky teenagers, officials preparing for new dropout law
Kentucky teenagers and administrators are bracing themselves for a new state dropout law that will go into effect on July 1 in most school districts.
The dropout age is being raised from 16 to 18, meaning some students who legally left the education system will now have to return to school.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports that 17-year-old dropouts say it is pointless to make them return because they plan on dropping out again upon their next birthday. Administrators, meanwhile, are not relishing the new task of trying to track down the juveniles and bring them back.
Newport Independent Schools administrator Mike Wills says the law will be hard to enforce. Aside from filing charges and taking a student or the student’s parents to court, there’s not much recourse for districts, he says.