First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear speaks at House Education Committee Hearing in support of House Bill 225

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 02, 2011  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today testified before the Kentucky House Education Committee in support of House Bill 225, also called the Graduation Bill. The legislation would raise the high school dropout age from 16 to 18. 

“I am proud to support this critical legislation; it is integral to the futures of our young people,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Not only does dropping out negatively impact our youth—it affects all Kentuckians. Lost wages and tax revenue combined with increased public assistance costs, health care expenses and increased incarceration, penalize the entire state.”

Introduced by Rep. Jeff Greer, HB 225 would initially affect children entering the 9th grade during the 2011-2012 school year, raising the compulsory age from 16 to 17 on July 1, 2015 and to 18 the following year. If HB 225 passes out of the House Education Committee, it can be called for a full vote by the House of Representatives.