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HB 75 (BR 228) - R. Meeks, L. Belcher

     AN ACT relating to school dropout prevention.
     Amend KRS 158.145 to revise the existing declaration of the General Assembly to phase in an increase in the compulsory attendance age and to set a high school graduation rate of at least 90 percent by July, 2016; amend KRS 158.146 to revise the use of dropout prevention grants; to direct the Kentucky Department of Education to establish standards and indicators to measure progress and to assist schools in implementing research-based strategies; authorize the commissioner of education to approve alternative programs granting high school and college credit; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to establish the Commonwealth Mentor Initiative; create a new section of KRS Chapter 18A to provide one hour per week leave to state employees who become certified Commonwealth mentors to volunteer in a private or public school; specify conditions for mentor approval; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require boards of trustees and boards of regents to encourage personnel to participate in the Commonwealth Mentor Initiative; amend KRS 159.010 to gradually increase the compulsory attendance age to 18 by July 1, 2015; amend KRS 159.020 to conform; amend KRS 157.224 to require the commissioner of education to report performance data on students with disabilities and initiatives for improvement; encourage the department, the KY Tech System and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to work with local school districts to expand career pathways to keep students engaged; require the commissioner of education and the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education to engage others in the study of alternative education; express the General Assembly's intent to provide funding support to help districts with programs and services required by increasing compulsory attendance.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)

     Jan 4-introduced in House; to Education (H)

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