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State Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, said data from charters should be analyzed before more changes are considered.

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Updated: March 10, 2013 6:16AM



INDIANAPOLIS — A bill to offer remediation to students who plan to go on to college drew heavy debate from House Democrats, saying the legislation doesn’t go far enough.

The bill, HB 1005, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany would prevent students from taking remediation courses after high school. It passed the House Thursday with a vote of 88-13.

The bill requires high schools to create a plan to determine whether a student needs additional remediation lessons in grade 11, prior to graduating and heading to college. Republicans hope the bill will help students receive additional help before heading to college, where many students may be required to take a remediation course.

“It’s not a perfect bill, but it is a big step in the right direction,” Clere said. “There’s nothing in this bill that says schools should wait until the 11th grade to figure out what to catch up, this is a backstop.”

Democratic members worried the bill does not provide enough funds to fix the problem early on. They said the bill would require additional testing and did not fully fund the remediation.

State Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, who serves on the Education Committee, thought the effort and intent were proper, but the bill didn’t go far enough. He felt remediation should be more than one year before graduation.

“We need to talk about the remediation early on,” Smith said. “We’re waiting until the tail end of the education effort.”

The bill will now head to the Senate, sponsored by Sens. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, and Earline Rogers, D-Gary.



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