Region 8 Senator's Bill Would Let District Off the Hook if All Students in Course Leave

FEBRUARY 15, 2007 - Posted at 7:24 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A state lawmaker wants to let a school district off the hook if all the students enrolled in a course required by state curriculum standards move out of the district.

State Senator Paul Miller of Melbourne said yesterday that allowing the district to drop the course -- even if it is one of 38 units required by state law to be taught -- would be a matter of common sense and ``doing the right thing.'' Miller argued for his bill before the Senate Education Committee, which eventually gave the measure its endorsement.

The bill now goes to the Senate floor for a vote.

The committee's endorsement was made over the objections of the panel's chairman, Senator Jim Argue of Little Rock, who called the bill a step back. He said it would be the first exception to every high school being required to teach 38 units.

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