Now was that really so hard?
Considering the years of resistance by the Republican-controlled Senate to raising Kentucky's compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18, you might have expected school districts to resist as well.
But no. Less than two years after the Senate's new leadership removed the roadblock, all 173 school districts have signed on.
The law gave districts plenty of time to drag their feet — up until four years after 55 percent of districts raised their dropout age — if foot-dragging is what they had wanted to do.
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But it wasn't. The vast majority — 166 districts — will raise the attendance age by next school year.
The others will come on in the two years after that.
Gov. Steve Beshear made some phone calls to get the last three holdouts on board, pressure that was entirely appropriate, especially since First Lady Jane Beshear has made dropout prevention one of her signature issues.
Schools will have to work harder to engage students who otherwise would have dropped out. As Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said, "we cannot simply warehouse these students in classrooms until they turn 18. Our schools must engage these students, to connect academic content to real-world skills and opportunities."
Kentucky educators are already well on their way to doing that, judging from gains in the graduation rate.
A state whose adult population lags far behind its counterparts in educational attainment is graduating youngsters from high school at well above the national average.
Kentucky's high school graduation rate now ranks in the top nine nationally, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Bills to raise the compulsory school attendance age date all the way back to at least 2000. But the effort gained traction in 2009 when the Beshears got behind it.
It was approved by the House in 2009 but didn't get through the Senate until 2013.
A release from the governor's office cites a prediction by economists that if the high school dropouts of 2009 had graduated, the Kentucky economy would have realized an additional $4.2 billion in wages over their lifetimes.
The Republicans who control the Senate should think hard about the long-term costs of delaying common sense reforms that other states have adopted.
In this session, that list includes a statewide smoke-free law, domestic violence protections for dating couples, making a heroin overdose antidote more widely available and requiring drivers to secure young children in booster seats.