State School Board Honors Beshear, Wife for Work

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Board of Education has passed a resolution honoring Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear for their work on an initiative to bar students under 18 from dropping out of school.

The panel took the action on Thursday.

A new law that went into effect this summer increases the dropout age from 16 to 18 for every school district in the state in 2017. However, encouraged by the Beshear administration, 120 school districts have already adopted policies to keep students in school until they turn 18 or graduate.

Jane Beshear, a former teacher, had championed the issue, saying keeping children in school gives them the opportunity to succeed in life.

Increasing the state's dropout age also has been a priority for the state school board for years.

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