A new state law in Kentucky allows school districts to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18, beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. State officials say they expect 29% of districts to do so by Aug. 1, and after 55% of districts have signed on, the change will be a requirement statewide within four years. Some districts have cited costs for alternative initiatives as a reason they hesitate to adopt the new dropout age.

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