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SB 69 (BR 229) - K. Winters

     AN ACT relating to early high school graduation and making an appropriation therefor.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to be numbered KRS 158.142 to establish the option for early high school graduation beginning in the 2012-2013 school year; define the curriculum requirements for early graduation and admission into a Kentucky public two-year institution or four-year university; establish the Early Graduation Scholarship Certificate and the processes for awarding it and using it; create a new section of KRS 164 to create the early graduation scholarship fund to be administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority; amend KRS 157.360 to describe how state funds from the SEEK appropriation will be transferred to the scholarship fund to support early high school graduates; amend KRS 158.140 to limit the powers of the Kentucky Board of Education or a local board from imposing graduation requirements that would prohibit a student from pursuing an early graduation program; amend KRS 164.7879 to prescribe how an annual KEES award for an early graduate would be calculated; amend KRS 157.420 to conform; APPROPRIATION.


     SCS - Retain original provisions, except specify that students shall obtain a qualifying benchmark score on each of the end-of-course examinations that make up the high school achievement portion of the accountability system under KRS 158.6453 and that students obtain a qualifying benchmark score on a world language proficiency assessment approved by the Kentucky Board of Education.

     Jan 7-introduced in Senate
     Feb 1-to Education (S)
     Feb 9-taken from Education (S); 1st reading; returned to Education (S)
     Feb 10-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with Committee Substitute
     Feb 15-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 15, 2011; 3rd reading, passed 35-1 with Committee Substitute
     Feb 16-received in House
     Feb 17-to Education (H)

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