Raising school drop-out age is Beshear's only item on '11 agenda so far

12/06/2010 07:41 PM

Trying again to raise the age a student can drop out of school from 16 to 18 is the one specific issues Gov. Steve Beshear said he is ready to push in the 2011 General Assembly.

Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear backed the legislation last year. It cleared the House but stalled in the Republican-led Senate after arriving there late in the session.

Later in the interview, Beshear said he placed the blame for the failure of the bill at the Republican leadership of the Senate but declined to single out specific senators.

Beshear also defended his administration’s implementation of six furlough days, in which state workers would take unpaid leave.

State Rep. John Will Stacy, D-West Liberty, pre-filed legislation for the upcoming 2011 session that would block the administration from implementing any more furlough days.

- Ryan Alessi

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