By 87-10 vote, House approves bill to raise drop-out age to 18 by 2018

02/14/2013 01:55 PM

Hours after the Senate’s education committee approved its version of the student drop-out age, the House responded by voting 87-10 to send the Senate its bill that would raise the age to 18 by 2018.

The key difference that lawmakers must figure out between the two bills is that House Bill 220 mandates that the student drop-out age would rise from 16 to 17 in 2017 and 18 the following year. Senate Bill 97, meanwhile, gives districts permission to raise the drop-out age and encourages them to set up frameworks that will keep at-risk students engaged.

Ten Republicans voted against the House bill. It was the fourth session Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, has carried the bill and the fifth session in a row that some version of the measure has been debated in the House.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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