According to Governor Steve Beshear’s Office, 54 Kentucky school districts, including Christian County have voted to increase their compulsory attendance age within two days of the official implementation of the Graduate Kentucky bill, which seeks to promote high school graduation.
Governor Beshear says he is ecstatic that so many school districts are taking immediate steps to help students build a better future by encouraging them to stay in school through graduation.
Senate Bill 97, otherwise known as the “Graduate Kentucky” bill, passed this year and phases in an increase in the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18, amending the school attendance law created in 1934.
The adoption of the bill is voluntary until 55 percent of the state’s school districts adopt the policy and once 96 districts have approved the change, the remaining school districts will be required to adopt and implement the policy within four years.
The Kentucky Department of Education is also providing $10,000 planning grants to school districts that adopt the new attendance age policy in the upcoming school year.
Hopkins, Marshall, Mayfield, McCracken and Logan County School Districts were also among the first 54 school systems in the state to adopt the policy change.