The Kentucky state Senate passed several bills this week. Of these bills, three education bills are of particular importance.
Many students feel bored with the pace of high school during their senior year. Senate Bill 86, passed with bipartisan support, helps focus our students on the higher challenges required of them. It provides an early graduation option to high-school students who meet course requirements, grade point average, and college readiness standards. A student who completes an early graduation program will receive an “Early Graduation Scholarship Certificate” with the approximate value of 24 credit hours at KCTCS, and may be utilized at any two-year or four-year SACS-accredited postsecondary institution in Kentucky.
Conversely, our children who are intellectually and/or developmentally challenged also work hard in their way to reach certain academic standards. SB 43 recognizes the course work of these students by providing an alternative diploma. These special children who continue their studies at the high-school level are dedicated young people who should take pride in their achievements.