SB 61/FN (BR 810) - M. Wilson
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 2014-2015 school year; define the curriculum requirements for early graduation and conditional admission into a Kentucky public two-year institution or four-year university; 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; establish the Early Graduation Scholarship Certificate and the processes for awarding it and using it; create a new section of KRS Chapter 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.
SB 61 - AMENDMENTS
HCS/FN - Retain original provisions except replace the credits and courses required for early graduation with the requirements for graduation set by the Kentucky Board of Education; delete AP/IB course and grade point average requirements; delete conditional admission provisions; delete exemption from additional graduation requirements; encourage, instead of require, access for middle school students to high school English and algebra; revise the scholarship award amount to one-half of the average per-pupil SEEK appropriation; require high schools to report early graduates to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority; change the amount to be transferred to the scholarship fund to one-half of the SEEK appropriation for early graduates; clarify one-half of the SEEK appropriation shall be retained by the graduates' districts; provide fourth year of KEES award for any student who graduates in three years.
HFA (1, C. Rollins II) - Revise early high school graduation requirements; provide that the Kentucky Board of Education or a local board of education shall not impose additional graduation requirements on a student pursuing early graduation that would prohibit the student from graduating in less than four years; make technical corrections.
Feb 5-introduced in Senate
Feb 7-to Education (S)
Feb 20-taken from Education (S); 1st reading; returned to Education (S)
Feb 21-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules
Feb 25-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, February 25, 2013; 3rd reading, passed 24-12
Feb 26-received in House
Feb 27-to Education (H)
Mar 1-taken from Education (H); 1st reading; returned to Education (H)
Mar 4-taken from Education (H); 2nd reading; returned to Education (H); posting waived; posted in committee
Mar 7-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute ; reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute
Mar 11-taken from Rules; placed in the Orders of the Day; 3rd reading, passed 98-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) ; received in Senate; posted for passage for concurrence in House Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) ; Senate concurred in House Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1) ; passed 37-0
Mar 12-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
Mar 22-signed by Governor (Acts Chapter 104)