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Legislation that would give parents in Pennsylvania the option to have their children repeat a grade in school because of disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
The bill, which passed unanimously, goes to the state House of Representatives for consideration there.
Schooling in a Pandemic
Under the bill, parents could have their child repeat, event if the student met the grade-level requirements to move up a grade. Currently, schools and teachers make the decision on whether to hold a student back.
The exception applies only to the 2021-22 school year and parents would have until July 15 to make the decision.
“Giving parents the option to provide an extra year of education for their children offers a pathway to help students who have suffered serious learning gaps during the pandemic," said Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, the bill's sponsor.
The bill also provides similar enrollment exceptions for children who are in a special education program or a program for deaf and blind students.