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HB 2788 - Authorizes Students to Repeat a Grade Level Due to COVID-19 - Pennsylvania Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes Students to Repeat a Grade Level Due to COVID-19

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes parents to elect to have a child repeat a grade level to make up for any lost educational opportunities due to COVID-19, among other provisions.

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  • Authorizes a parent or guardian of a student with a disability that reached 21 years of age on or after the proclamation of disaster emergency to enroll the student in accordance with their Individualized Education Program (IEP) free of charge in a school entity for the 2020-2021 school year (Sec. 1383).

  • Specifies that the student’s attendance is included in the school entity’s average daily membership for purposes of calculating the special education subsidy (Sec. 1383).

  • Authorizes parents to elect to have a child repeat a grade level in the 2021-2022 school year to make up for any lost educational opportunities during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years regardless of whether the child met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade level (Sec. 1501.10).

  • Specifies that repeating a grade level includes participation in all academic and extracurricular activities except for interscholastic athletics (Sec. 1501.10).

  • Requires school entities to create a process for a parent to make the election to have a child repeat a grade level and post the process on its publicly accessible website (Sec. 1501.10).

Title: Authorizes Students to Repeat a Grade Level Due to COVID-19

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