Gov. Beshear Supports Grants for Raising Dropout Age

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear is a supporter of a plan to award $10,000 grants to school districts that want to increase the minimum age for dropping out of school from 16 to 18.

Beshear said Monday that more than $500,000 is available for school districts that choose to prohibit minors from quitting school.

The grants are coming from a fund administered by the Kentucky Department of Education set aside for dropout prevention.

The General Assembly passed a law earlier this year that allows school districts to raise the dropout age. It also specifies that after 55 percent of districts increase the dropout age to 18, then all of Kentucky's remaining districts must follow suit within four years.

The grants could help to hasten statewide implementation.

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