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Warren County Schools Leader: New Dropout Age Raises "Accountability Level"

The superintendent of Warren County Public Schools says the new dropout policy that will be implemented statewide creates increased challenges for teachers and principals.

Rob Clayton took over as head of Warren County schools last week, and supports increasing the dropout age to 18. It was announced Wednesday that over 55 percent of Kentucky schools districts had voted to boost their dropout ages.

That means the policy will go into effect for all public school systems in the state within the next four years.

"It's an increased burden on the adults in the schools to not only make sure our students are engaged, but to ensure that they are learning and that we're meeting their needs," said Clayton, who came to Warren County after working in the Oldham County school system.

He told WKU Public Radio he thinks the increased dropout age will "raise the accountability level" for both students and educators, something he thinks will benefit all parties involved.

The award-winning news team at WKU Public Radio consists of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry, and Joe Corcoran.
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