Wise’s bill to allow students extra year of school unanimously passes KY Senate

State Sen. Max Wise’s bill that would provide students in Kentucky an additional year due to pandemic-related disruptions in school easily passed through the Kentucky Senate yesterday.

The bill, SB 128, provides any K-12 student enrolled in a Kentucky public school the opportunity to request participation in a temporary program for the 2021-2022 school year to retake or supplement the courses or grades the student has already taken.

Decisions on these requests will ultimately be left to the local board of education, which must either accept all student requests or none, according to Wise.

Student-athletes would be granted a fifth year of athletic eligibility so long as they still meet KHSAA age requirements and transfer regulations remain in effect.

The bill now heads to the KY House of Representatives.

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