Enquirer: Ex-UK player endorses bill to raise dropout age

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Jamal Mashburn called Wednesday for state lawmakers to approve a proposal that would gradually raise the minimum dropout age from 16 to 18.

Mashburn, who also played 13 years in the NBA, appeared at a Capitol news conference where he endorsed legislation being championed by Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear.

The legislation under consideration in Kentucky, where 6,000 students dropped out in 2009, would increase the minimum age for legally quitting school to 17 in 2015 and to 18 in 2016. Enquirer, January 27, 2001