Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday says he's using money already in the department's budget to offer incentives to school districts that are quick to adopt a new dropout age of 18.
Holliday says in a blog posting Friday that the Kentucky Department of Education has an annual line item of $570,000 for dropout prevention.
He says that's the money the department will use to give a $10,000 grant to the first 57 school districts that raise their dropout age from 16 to 18.
He made the offer Wednesday.
The state legislature this year passed a bill that allows local districts to make their own decisions on raising the age, but with a provision that once 55 percent of districts have done so, the change will be made statewide within four years.
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