Panel advances bill to end high school exit exam

Mar 20, 2014 -- 11:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The House Finance Committee has moved a bill that would end the high school exit examination. House Bill 220, sponsored by Rep. Pete Higgins, a Republican from Fairbanks, would scrap the secondary student competency examination. The move would save the state $2.7 million. The bill had a deadline of June 30, 2017, for former students to request a high school diploma from a district if they had successfully completed all the school's academic requirements for graduation, but failed the exit examination. That deadline was eliminated through an amendment offered by Democratic Rep. Les Gara, who was concerned that not all former high school students would receive notice of the deadline. The bill moves to the House Rules Committee. 

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