House Panel Passes Bill to Increase Dropout Age to 18

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A House panel has approved a bill that would require Kentucky students to remain in school until age 18. Students can currently leave school at 16.

Democratic Rep. Jeff Greer, who sponsored the bill, told the House Committee on Education on Tuesday that the proposal would save money. He said more Kentuckians with high school diplomas will lessen the number of people on public assistance and in prison.

Two lawmakers opposed the measure citing concerns about its cost and effectiveness.

The bill calls for the dropout age to increase gradually, from 17 in 2017 to 18 the following year.

The bill next goes to the House floor for consideration.