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Ky House OKs bill to raise dropout age

by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 10:59 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A bill that would gradually raise the dropout age for Kentucky students has won approval from the state House by a wide margin. Now the scene shifts to the Senate, where the proposal's fate is uncertain.
  
The bill -- a pet project of first lady Jane Beshear -- cleared the House on a 91-8 vote Thursday.
  
The legislation would increase the minimum age for quitting school to 17 in 2015 and 18 in 2016 in a state where 6,000 students dropped out in 2009. Currently, Kentucky students can drop out of school at 16.
  
A similar bill passed the House last year but died in the Senate.
  
Senate President David Williams said Thursday that the Senate will "take a good look" at the bill. Williams said there would be Senate opposition to a "window-dressing" proposal that won't have much impact.
 
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The legislation is House Bill 225.
  
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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