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Oklahoma bills to limit third-grade retention pass committee and head to full House

Parents of students who fail a third-grade reading test would be given additional options to having their children held back under two bills approved Monday by the state House Education Committee.
Oklahoman Published: February 25, 2014

Another bill by state Rep. Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs, would create an appeals process for students who do not pass the third-grade reading test or meet its good-cause exemptions for promotion.

“The grounds for an appeal may be based on, but is not limited to, a hardship or extenuating circumstances,” House Bill 2773 states.

The appeal would be to the local school board and intensive reading instruction would be provided to the student, even if the student wins the appeal and is promoted.

Both bills passed the Common Education Committee by 12-2 votes and will now go to the full House.

School nutrition

The committee rejected another bill that would have moved administration of the school nutrition program from the state Education Department to the state Agriculture Department.

House author Lee Denney, R-Cushing, contended the Agriculture Department would do a better job of getting Oklahoma-grown foods into the school lunch program.

The committee defeated House Bill 2641 by a vote of 5-8.