House Passes Bill to Raise Dropout Age to 18

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved legislation that would raise the school dropout age to 18.

Among elders with dementia, those with higher levels of education had a delayed, but steeper, decline in memory in the years leading up to their dementia diagnosis. (AP)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) --

Unlike a bill that passed the Senate Feb. 8, which would let school boards decide the issue, the House bill is not a local option proposal.

The bill passed 87-10.

Democratic Rep. Jeff Greer of Brandenburg, the sponsor, said allowing children to drop out of school when they're 16 or 17 is costly to them and the state. They earn less and are more likely to be on public assistance or be incarcerated for crimes.

He asked his fellow legislators to pass the bill because "it's the right thing to do."


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