Update on local boards adopting policies on dropout prevention, plans for using state grants by the first group

From the Kentucky Department of Education

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday provided the latest numbers – and a reminder – about implementing Kentucky's new school dropout age law in his March 21 Fast Five on Friday email.

“With the passage of SB97, Kentucky will raise the compulsory school attendance age to 18 effective in the 2015-16 school year,” the commissioner said. “To date, 145 of Kentucky’s 173 school districts have adopted a policy in their districts in support of this legislation and I commend them for this action.

“The first 96 districts that adopted this policy received $10,000 planning grants to help create programs to identify, intervene and prevent students from dropping out of school. We are reminding those schools that received these grants that grant money must be applied to dropout prevention and be in compliance with all regulations and statutes relating to dropout prevention,” Holliday said.

The commissioner suggested Kentucky districts consider sending a representative to the National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, which this year is coming to Kentucky. The conference will be Nov. 2-5 at the Galt House Hotels and Conference Center in Louisville.

"We encourage all districts to attend this conference. It would be great for Kentucky to have representation from every Kentucky school district," Holliday said.

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