April 24, 2014

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Lawmakers try again to keep kids from dropping out

By Greg Stotelmyer

Kentucky state lawmaker Jeff Greer has tried before, without success, to raise Kentucky's high school dropout age, but he's ready to give it another try as legislators return to Frankfort. Currently, thea age at which a Kentucky teenager is legally allowed to leave school is 16.

Rep. Greer, a Democrat from Brandenburg, is filing a bill, which he said has the backing of the governor, that would require teens to stay in school until they reach 18. Greer said Kentucky's expectations for its children are too low.

"A young person doesn't have the maturity to make that decision, and there's a lot of parents out there that could care less, and that's unfortunate."