Tweeting the Session: Dropout bill clears House committee, 23-2

02/02/2011 05:11 PM

The House Education Committee is taking up the bill aimed at raising the age a student can drop out of school in Kentucky to 18 by 2016.

House Bill 225 is being supported by House Democrats and  Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and first lady Jane Beshear testified on behalf of the legislation late Wednesday afternoon.

cn|2′s Kenny Colston was in the committee room and tweeted the developments: (To follow legislative developments and other political happenings via Twitter, follow mycn2)

5:342 p.m. — Dropout bill passes House Education Committee with bipartisan support. Two Republican freshmen passed — Reps. Dewayne Bunch of Corbin and Ryan Quarles of Georgetown.

5:32 p.m. — The other votes were 23 to 2, Republican Reps. Bill Farmer of Lexington and Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green were the only no votes.

5:09 p.m. — Lots of committee members speaking in support of dropout bill. Not a surprise since bill passed overwhelming in House last year.

4:53 p.m. — Education Commissioner Terry Holliday: This bill is about changing expectations. These are not statistics, these are people.

4:44 p.m. — Jane Beshear says dropout bill is “win-win-win” by educating young people, creating better workforce, etc.

4:42 p.m.  — Jane Beshear says it’s time to break “dropout cycle” that happens in families with parents who dropped out of school, by passing HB225

4:41 p.m. — Jane Beshear says concerns over last session’s dropout bill have been addressed in this year’s bill.

4:39 p.m. — Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, who sponsored the dropout bill, takes the table. Speaking on bill’s highlights, he notes the first change wont take effect until 2015.

4:25 p.m. — House Education Committee about to start, First Lady Jane Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday to testify on dropout bill.Rep.

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