House Amends Sentate Bill 189 To Allow For Shortened School Days

By Emma Koch

House Amends Sentate Bill 189 To Allow For Shortened School Days

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The Indiana House amended Senate Bill 189 that would have allowed high-performing schools to reduce the academic year to less than the required 180-days. The amended version would allow top-graded high schools to opt out of the six hour instructional time regulation.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) opposed the Senate-approved version of the bill but authored the amendment saying that the new version would provide high schools with the flexibility to alter their schedules to fit students’ needs.

The amendment also alters the definition of a high-performing school. Having an A grade from the Department of Education and at least 85-percent of their students passing the math and English portions of ISTEP would qualify a school for the waiver.

Other schools could apply for a waiver and the bill requires that the State Board of Education develop guidelines for that process.

According to Huston, the shorter school day would give students who are pursuing internships, career and vocational training or advanced-level classes schedule flexibility.

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