State Department of Education spokeswoman Melissa McGrath said at this point, there are only two “tweaks” to the “Students Come First” school reform legislation that are in the works, both involving a clause of SB 1184 that permits high school students who complete all graduation requirements by the end of their junior year to take dual-credit courses and earn college credit in their senior year at state expense, up to 36 credits. One change would clarify that those students' junior-year math courses would fulfill a requirement to take a math class in the final year of high school. The other, propose by some school districts and parents, would permit students who finish all graduation requirements the first semester of their senior year to take part in the program for their second semester.
“There could be a few changes other than that,” McGrath said. “These are the only two I'm aware of that have been discussed and that we know we'll bring forward.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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