Congratulations to the Kentucky General Assembly for passing Senate Bill 97, a long-awaited piece of legislation that represents a firm stand for education, Kentucky’s youth, and the long-term economic strength of this state.First Lady Jane Beshear, myself and many members of my administration have been working on the so-called Graduation Bill for five years now because keeping our kids in school until they graduate or turn 18 is one of the single-best things we can do for them.
I appreciate the leadership of many legislators but especially Rep. Jeff Greer, who has sponsored the bill for four years.
Rep. Greer and others showed great perseverance and bipartisanship in working to answer concerns about the bill and winning support for its passage in both chambers.
The links between education and economic stability, between education and opportunity, and even between education and years of life, are irrefutable.
We all know the mantra: High school graduates are more likely to be employed, earn higher wages, live longer and raise healthier, better-educated children. They’re also less likely to be teen parents, commit crimes, and rely on government health care or other assistance.
Furthermore, as the world grows increasingly sophisticated … and the world of work requires ever-higher levels of skills, knowledge and training, it’s imperative that we equip our children with the tools they need to succeed.
Senate Bill 97 helps make that happen.
Meade, Hardin and Bullitt counties are lucky to have a legislator like Rep. Greer who understands the importance of education.
Gov. Steve Beshear