NEWS From the Office of Representative Kathryn Swan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 24, 2015
CONTACT: Representative Kathryn Swan
Swan's Remedial Education Bill Passed by Missouri House
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --HB 377, sponsored by Rep. Kathryn Swan, (R-Cape Girardeau), was Third Read and Passed in the Missouri House this week with a bi-partisan vote of 146/9.
The bill requires school districts to develop a policy and implement a system for identifying students in their ninth grade year who are at risk of not being ready for college-level work or for entry-level career positions. Academic and career counseling shall take place prior to graduation to ensure that the students are able to graduate prepared and on time. School districts will be recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for their programs.
In addition, school districts will also be recognized for working with seventh-grade students and their parents to develop individualized personal plans of study to meet the needs of each student. Each plan shall include the requirements for graduation, the student's career or postsecondary goals, coursework related to the goals, and career-related experiences.
Swan says," We must address the need for remediation in our state. With 38.7% of our high school graduates needing a remedial course in English or Mathematics during their freshman year in college, we must implement steps to make ensure that students graduate from high school on time and ready."