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Student improvement bill needs more study

Updated: April 19, 2013 12:35PM



INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would provide remediation for struggling high school students will take some discussion to determine which version will move out of conference committee.

The original bill, HB 1005, would require a student, his or her parents and teacher to develop a plan if the student was at risk of failing to graduate. It includes requiring strategic plans to reduce the need for graduation waivers.

The bill that passed the Senate, however, holds additional provisions, like requiring schools that issue graduation waivers more often than the state average to be put on notice. The Senate bill also allows the education board to consider a school’s remedial needs when measuring the school corporation’s improvement.

In the conference committee, language from a second bill would create a grant to reward innovation, technology and excellence (RITE). It also returned much of the language to the House version.

State Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, who authored the bill, said he’s not looking to throw out all changes made by the Senate, just to study each change.

“First it was amended in the Senate education committee, then it was changed in appropriations,” Clere said, “then again on the second reading. We just need to see what was changed regarding the original intent of the bill.”

State Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, sponsored the bill in the Senate, and stressed his interest in finding ways to reduce the need for graduation waivers.

A number of representatives from Northwest Indiana will weigh in on the committee, including Reps. Vernon Smith and Shelli VanDenburg, and Sen. Earline Rogers.



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