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A new bill could raise the high school drop out age to 18

Nolan Masteller is a junior at Apollo High School. He says that he is already researching and preparing to apply to college. He says he wants to become an electrician. Different classes at his high school have helped him find his passion. "We study different things from construction to welding and you can learn a lot of basics on that trade," said Nolan Masteller an Apollo High School junior.

Not all students have found that same passion, but a new bill on its way to the governor's desk aims to keep kids in school longer in hopes they will make it to college. The bill would keep students in school until age 18. The bill would also require schools to have programs in place for students who are at risk of not finishing school. Masteller says he likes the idea. "They actually have to finish high school. So later on when they are in the work force they will have reliable places and an education to get a better job," said Masteller.

Governor Steve Beshear says 6,000 students in the state drop out before their 18th birthday every ear. Jessica Nalley is a junior at Triplett School and she says the bill can only have a positive impact, "There are lots of kids that are just dropping out for dumb reasons because they don't like to go to school or its too much time for them.

Governor Beshear is expected to sign the bill on Monday. It would take effect at the start of the 2015 school year.

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