Update on Third-Grade Retention Bill – Fix the mitten

 

 

HERE’S AN UPDATE ON THE THIRD-GRADE RETENTION BILL, HB 4822

Tuesday evening, the House and Senate conferees reached a compromise by a vote of 5-1 (you can read the conference report here).  Lawmakers could vote on the conference committee’s recommendations as early as Wednesday.
 
Most notably, the conference report eliminates language that would have permitted the granting of a good-cause exemption to a third-grade pupil who is not proficient in reading upon the recommendation of his or her principal and reading teacher (other types of good-cause exemptions remain in the bill).

By Nick Krieger (@nckrieger):

Michigan House Bill 4822, the third-grade retention bill, has finally emerged from conference committee.  The bill shares many similarities with the controversial Florida third-grade retention law, as well as ALEC model legislation.

Last October, the Michigan House of Representatives passed HB 4822 by a vote of 57-48.  The bill was then sent to the Michigan Senate, which made amendments and passed a different version of the bill by a vote of 31-6 in March.  The bill was transferred back to the Michigan House, which failed to concur in the Senate substitute.  Accordingly, it was sent to conference committee where it has remained since April.

Tuesday evening, the House and Senate conferees reached a compromise by a vote of 5-1 (you can read the conference report here).  Lawmakers could vote on the conference committee’s recommendations as early as Wednesday.

Most notably, the conference report eliminates language that would have permitted the granting of a good-cause exemption to a third-grade pupil who is not proficient in reading upon the recommendation of his or her principal and reading teacher (other types of good-cause exemptions remain in the bill).  A few other minor changes were made as well.

Overall, the bill remains similar in substance to the original legislation.  It would still require:

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