More Than 100 Districts Raise Dropout Age to 18

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 100 Kentucky school districts have now approved policies barring students under 18 from dropping out.

Gov. Steve Beshear, a proponent of the move, is urging the rest of the state's school districts to follow suit.

Enough Kentucky school districts opted to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18 in the past couple of weeks to trigger a statewide implementation of the policy. That's because of the new law that went into effect late last month that increases the dropout age statewide after 55 percent of the state's 173 school districts signed on.

Beshear said there's no reason for school districts to delay, considering the higher dropout age becomes a statewide standard by 2017.

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