Kentucky Senate Bill 97, raising the compulsory
attendance age to 18, was passed by the Kentucky General Assembly Spring of
According the Senate Bill 97, adoption of this policy was
voluntary until 55% (96) districts adopt the policy. Once the 55% is reached, the statute
mandates all districts adopt this policy within 2 years. As
of January 14, 2015 all 173 Kentucky school districts have adopted this policy
to raise the compulsory attendance age to 18.
The new compulsory attendance policy will take effect for
most districts beginning with the 2015-16 school year for Kentucky.
$10,000 planning & implementation grants were made
available for all districts to prepare for implementation of this policy. These funds must be spent for identification
or intervention of students at risk for dropping out and shall be spent in accordance
with KRS 158.146 and 704