McCracken school board votes to raise school dropout age | News
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The McCracken County Board of Education voted in special session Tuesday to adopt a new policy requiring students to remain in school through the age of 18.
The new dropout age goes into effect in the 2014-2015 school year.
The policy is part of Senate Bill 97 (SB 97) which phases in an increase in the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18-years-old.
Districts throughout Kentucky have the opportunity to vote to adopt the policy until 55 percent of the state’s school districts have done so. At that point, officials say all districts must adopt the policy within two years.
Planning and implementation grants of $10,000 are available to Kentucky school districts who adopt the policy during the 2013-2014 school year.
The school says it is now eligible to receive these funds because of the policy.
Officials say the school district currently has a dropout rate of less than 1-percent.
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