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State investment in schools is vital

6/23/2020, 10:08 p.m.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort) along with several other state legislators supported the General Assembly’s comprehensive education package that was signed into law on last Friday.

“While COVID-19 has presented our educators and students with a situation they could never have planned for, it is still our job to provide them with the resources they need to succeed, regardless of circumstance,” Hastings said.

The education package does a number of things to help students and teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes extending educator license renewals for one year, so teachers don’t have to go through the renewal process while working remotely. It also allows for mandatory tests to be taken remotely, so students don’t have to risk getting sick in order to take an exam they need to apply for college.

Additionally, relating to higher education, any grade of “pass,” “credit,” or “satisfactory” during the public health emergency is transferable and will fulfill prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses.

It also modifies income requirements for the state's AIM HIGH education grant program, saying a student’s income when they enter the program will remain their

income for the duration of their inclusion in the program.

This legislation is effective immediately.