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Kentucky Attendance Age

Jul 16, 2013

Brock Walter
Credit Boyd County Schools

Boyd County School Superintendent Brock Walter says things won’t change much in his district as a result of a new state law that phases in a higher compulsory school attendance age. Now that a majority of Kentucky school districts have agreed to increase the age from 16 to 18, it’ll be effective statewide within four years.

Boyd County was among the districts that acted early to adopt the higher age. Walter says it really doesn’t require a big investment for alternative programs to help more students graduate…

Walter says Boyd County’s alternative programs focus on changing attitudes because teens don’t usually drop out because they have a problem with school itself. He says the reasons are often tied to things outside of school.