School districts rush to raise drop out age - WDRB 41 Louisville News

School districts rush to raise drop out age

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local Kentucky school districts are rushing to approve the higher drop out age for high school.

The rush comes after $10,000 state grants are up for grabs for school districts that increase the drop out age from 16 to 18.

Local school boards started voting last week on the issue, and within the first two days of voting 54 schools made the change.

By last Friday, 75 districts were on board, closing in on the 96 districts needed to make sure the policy change is applied statewide.

It's estimated that about  6 to 7 thousand students drop out of high school each year in Kentucky.

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