Beshear calls on lawmakers to raise dropout age

Gov. Steve Beshear is urging lawmakers to bar students from dropping out of high school until they're legally adults.

The second-term Democrat used his annual State of the Commonwealth speech to a joint session of the House and Senate to again tout the proposal that he's been pushing for years.

The proposal would increase the dropout age incrementally from 16 to 17 to 18 over a period of years, giving both students and school districts time to adjust to the change.

The Democratic-controlled House has approved the measure in past years, but it has never been passed by the Republican majority in the Senate.

Critics fear that classrooms would be disrupted by students who don't want to be in school.

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