Fedor Applauds Passage of Legislation to Increase Flexibility for Students, School Districts
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) commended the Ohio Senate’s passage of House Bill 67, which would offer increased flexibility to students and school districts due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I support any flexibility we can give to schools as we continue to address the pandemic’s impact on the students and families they serve,” Fedor said. “However, we should be doing more. Instead of focusing on stress-inducing, time-consuming tests that provide narrow data of limited use, we should give schools tools to invest in quality time with students, supplemental tutoring and the implementation of enrichment and wellness programs.”
House Bill 67 would allow students to use final course grades in lieu of end-of-course exam scores for graduation purposes, extend the principals’ ability to determine whether a student is on track to graduate, extend most testing windows by one week and exempt schools from administering the American History end-of-course exam.
The legislation would also allow the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal to serve as a pathway to graduation. This flexibility was added in an amendment Fedor proposed during a hearing of the Senate Primary and Secondary Education committee. This provision would support students who have already had to work and develop professional relationships and would help 173 seniors in the Toledo Public Schools graduate on time.
“We always want to talk about accountability for these students, but we should be talking about compassion and understanding,” Fedor said. “These young people have the most at stake because it is their futures that will be affected, not ours.”
House Bill 67 now returns to the House, where it will be voted on for concurrence.
View Senator Fedor’s full floor speech here