State offers incentives for schools to raise dropout age
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday says the first 57 school districts that raise their dropout age from 16 to 18 will be given a $10,000 state grant.
Governor Beshear signed the bill into law about a month ago and there was no mention of the incentive. That's why many superintendents, like Trent Lovett in Marshall County, were surprised to hear about it Wednesday. He said he would be in favor of raising the age.
Lovett said he thinks the move is a good one, but understands the hesitation some districts might have.
"The decision probably is one that is difficult to be the one to jump in and jump on board without working some of the bugs out or see what the drawbacks are going to be," he said. "There's always some things that come about later as a result of a new bill of this magnitude."