Pennsylvania parents could get more say in having students repeat grade

PITTSBURGH — For students who struggled with learning during the pandemic, a new Senate bill would give their parents the ability to choose to have them repeat a grade.

Typically, that decision has been left to the recommendation of school districts and teachers.

When it comes to students in special education programs, which age out at 21 years old, the bill would allow them to stay in school an additional year.

Sen. Jake Corman is behind the bill. In a memorandum to other Senate members, he said, “Specifically, this would help address any lost educational opportunities during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, regardless of whether a child has met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade level.”

The bill has been approved by the Senate Education Committee. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.