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An education proposal favored by Kentucky House leadership will not be included in next week’s special session, effectively killing its chances this year.

A bill that began as a measure to bring the University of Pikeville into the state system morphed into one that would have created scholarships for college students from coal counties.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo was a major supporter of the legislation. He says even though the proposal had been changed multiple times, both chambers had reached a compromise. Despite that deal, the Senate did not pass the bill before adjourning the regular session for the year.

Governor Steve Beshear says he won’t add that bill to the special session’s agenda, to avoid prolonging the session.

“You know, we will take a look at whether we should add anything else to this call. But, these special sessions cost taxpayer’s $60,000 a day. We have agreement on these two bills. And I want them in here and out of here in five days and I think every Kentuckian wants the same. And so I don’t want to put anything on the call that might lengthen the special session,” he says.

Another bill that won’t be reconsidered is Beshear’s proposal to raise Kentucky’s drop out age to 18 years old. The special session’s agenda will include legislation to curb prescription drug abuse and a bill to fund the state’s road plan.

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Lawmakers Attempt Second Compromise on Dropout Bill

by Kenny Colston March 27, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers are trying again to raise the state’s dropout age. Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with parents’ permission. But lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear have pushed to raise the dropout age to 18, regardless of parental consent. The latest proposal before the legislature would let local school boards […]

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Why Do Kids Drop Out?

by Laura Ellis March 29, 2011

A House bill to raise the drop out age in Kentucky failed in the Senate for the third time during the last General Assembly session. Current estimates put the drop out rate in our state at more than 2%, though in today’s economy 6% of high school dropouts never find work and the rest work only half as much as students who finish high school. The differences in employment potential & earnings between drop outs and college graduates are even more staggering. So why do kids continue to leave school? We listen back to a conversation on why students drop out and what we can do to encourage them to graduate.

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In Depth: Dropout Bill Faces Uncertainty In Special Session

by Tony McVeigh March 22, 2011

First Lady Jane Beshear is one of the most ardent supporters of the bill, which raises the state’s drop out age from 16 to 18 by 2016. The measure has twice cleared the House, only to die in the Senate. It passed the House for a third time last week, on an 87-13 vote, but still awaits a committee assignment in the Senate. That frustrates Mrs. Beshear.

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House Committee Approves Bill to Raise Dropout Age

by Tony McVeigh March 15, 2011

It’s the first bill to get a committee vote during a special session in Frankfort that’s primarily focused on balancing the state’s Medicaid budget. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the drop out bill would send a message to educators that the state’s serious about keeping kids in school.

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Beshear Calls Special Session

by Tony McVeigh March 9, 2011

Only two items will be on the agenda: “The first is reopening the budget to balance Medicaid, and to fulfill maintenance of effort requirements under the 2010 Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which will require a minor shift of higher education funds. The second agenda item is enacting legislation to increase the drop out age at our schools,” Beshear said.

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Bill Raising Dropout Age Moves To House Floor

by Tony McVeigh February 8, 2011

Last week, the bill won House Education Committee approval. Now, it has the House budget committee’s blessing. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says any new costs associated with the bill will easily be covered in coming years.

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First Lady Beshear Speaks In Favor Of Graduation Bill

by Tony McVeigh February 3, 2011

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear continues her crusade to raise the state’s drop out age from 16 to 18. She implored the House Education Committee Wednesday to approve the so-called Graduation Bill, which passed the House last year, but died in the Senate.

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Beshear Prepares State Of The Commonwealth Address

by Tony McVeigh February 1, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivers his annual State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday to a joint session of the legislature.

The governor’s office is keeping mum on the contents of the speech, but two issues in particular are likely to surface.

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Dropout Bill Advances in Frankfort

by Rick Howlett March 2, 2010

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio Legislation boosting Kentucky’s drop out age, which has the backing of first lady Jane Beshear, continues moving forward in the 2010 General Assembly. The drop out bill has had its ups and downs. Introduced in late January, it didn’t get a vote in the House Education Committee until mid-February, […]

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