JCPS encouraged by new dropout age

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 12:01 AM

LOUSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Jefferson County School Board is working to become the first school district in the state to approve a new bill signed by Governor Steve Beshear. On Monday, March 25, board members unanimously voted to make a commitment to support the policy that changes the dropout age for students from 16-years-old to  18-years-old.

The board decided to wait to officially approve it until the law goes into effect, which will happen 90 days after this legislative session end.  At that point board members will have the chance to review a written policy.

Currently, the Kentucky School Board Association also recommends delaying the adoption of the policy until a written policy is received.

According to JCPS, more than 500 students under the age of 18 dropped out of school in the 2011-2012 school year. Jefferson County Parents said they support the decision to increase the age.

“I think it should have been done a long time ago. Sixteen is not a responsible age to be making the decision that has a profound effect on their life,” Andre Griffin said.

The change could take effect as soon as the 2015 school year, but some have concern about implementing the law. 

“A lot of kids because of the problems they have will continue to be truant and find themself in jail. That’s the irony you can’t order somebody to be successful,” Chief Juvenile Defender Pete Schuler said.

If 55 percent of school districts approve the policy it then will become mandatory for all districts within four years. 
 

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