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Graduation Bill Signed in Kentucky

March 18th, 2013 - By Charles Choate

BESHEAR     A new law has been signed into affect in Kentucky, which will keep students enrolled in high school until the age of 18.

On Monday, Governor Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 97, called the “Graduation Bill”, calling it one of his “most satisfying acts” since he took office.

The bill now allows school districts to opt in to the higher dropout age immediately, and once 55 percent have adopted the policy, all remaining districts then have four years to comply.

Beshear said the days of dropping out of high school early for good paying jobs was “long gone”, and now students can receive their diploma and a chance to be better trained and prepared for the workforce.

Studies also showed that high school graduates are less likely to commit crimes, rely on government healthcare, or use other public services, such as food stamps or housing assistance.