Kentucky Senate Approves Dropout Bill

A proposal to raise Kentucky’s dropout age to 18 years old has passed a major hurdle. The state Senate approved a bill today that allows individual school districts to decide whether to raise the dropout age and requires participating schools to have alternative education programs. The bill passed overwhelming, 35-2, with two Democratic senators voting […]

In Depth: Dropout Bill Faces Uncertainty In Special Session

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.

Beshears Tout Capitol Energy Saving Plan

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio As Kentucky prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear are touting energy conservation efforts at the State Capitol. Gov. Beshear says improvements underway will reduce energy consumption by 22-percent, and save taxpayers $251,000 dollars a year. “The […]

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 […]