Why Do Kids Drop Out?

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.

Bill Raising Dropout Age Clears House

A bill that would gradually raise the dropout age for Kentucky students has cleared the House and will move to the state Senate.

The legislation would change the dropout age from 16 to 18 over the next five years. It’s aimed at improving Kentucky’s graduation rate. Six thousand students age 16 or older dropped out in 2009.

Dropout Prevention Forum Held In Louisville

Former West Virginia Governor and Congressman Bob Wise was in Louisville Monday to discuss strategies for reducing high school dropout rates. Wise heads a Washington-based group called the Alliance for Excellent Education. “At a time when our nation has a 30 percent dropout rate, another 30 percent of our kids will finish high school but without the… Continue reading Dropout Prevention Forum Held In Louisville

Kentucky First Lady To Host Dropout Prevention Summit

Thanks To Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio/WKYU, Bowling Green Kentucky’s First Lady is spearheading an effort to reduce Kentucky’s high school dropout rate. Officials say while Kentucky’s rate is below the national average, nearly 6,500 students left school last year before earning a diploma. Jane Beshear will host a summit in Frankfort next month to… Continue reading Kentucky First Lady To Host Dropout Prevention Summit

Education Leaders Get Ideas from Dropout Solution Summit

Louisville education and civic leaders are trying to better understand why students are dropping out of high school. They attended a summit today to tackle the problem and devise a solution for Jefferson County. JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman says many of the ideas stemmed from one theme. “One of the major concerns around dropouts is… Continue reading Education Leaders Get Ideas from Dropout Solution Summit

Summit Seeks Solutions to High School Dropout Rate

Officials say one in four Jefferson County public high school students will drop out of high school. The mayor’s office is joining with JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman to host a summit tomorrow to find ways to improve the district’s graduation rate. The national education organization America’s Promise will be part of the day-long conference. President… Continue reading Summit Seeks Solutions to High School Dropout Rate