September 1, 2014

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Governor Beshear signs long awaited-graduation bill

Calling it “one of my most satisfying acts as governor,” Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law the Graduation Bill (Senate Bill 97), which will keep Kentucky students enrolled in school until they turn 18.

Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear joined educators and child advocates to fight for this bill’s passage for the past five legislative sessions. A late-session compromise among legislators led to the approval of SB97, which allows school districts to opt in to the higher dropout age immediately. Once 55 percent of school districts adopt the policy, all remaining districts must then adopt the standard within four years.