Students in the graduating classes of 2019 and 2020 could get the same flexibility on graduation requirements as those in the class of 2018 after a vote Tuesday Jan. 9 by the State Board of Education. But the move ultimately requires action by the General Assembly, and one key legislator said Tuesday the House is already working on its own plan.
Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell), chairman of the House Education, showed up near the end of the debate in the board's Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee and quickly dumped cold water on a proposal to extend the 2018 options for two more years.
"The house is working on a permanent solution. There's really no need for a [board] resolution to begin with," he said. "We've actually got a bill draft."
"I think we're going to go ahead and do it," responded Laura Kohler, who chairs the Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee.
Brenner left the meeting soon after making his comments, declining on his way out the door to share much in the way of details with reporters and others who pressed him for specifics. He did say one goal of the legislation is to ensure the 2018 options created in HB49 (R. Smith) are being interpreted and implemented consistently from district to district. The House plan will be introduced "hopefully soon," he said.
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