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2009 House Bill 4410: Remove Algebra II from high school graduation requirements
Introduced by Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D) on February 24, 2009
To authorize an alternative public high school “general diploma” with reduced curriculum requirements from those required under a 2006 law establishing minimum statewide standards, and authorize up to 15 high school “specialty schools” with even lower requirements, subject to certain additional performance standards.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on February 24, 2009
Reported in the House on August 19, 2009
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on September 2, 2009
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not create alternative public high school “general diploma,” but does eliminate the Algebra II requirement in the high school graduation standards high school graduation standards adopted in 2006.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 2, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D) on September 2, 2009
To remove the determination of whether a proposed "career and technical education" course proposed as an alternative to Algebra II and Geometry requirements from the state Board of Education, and give it to the local school district.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 2, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Melton (D) on September 2, 2009
To clarify a provision that allows a "financial literacy" course as an alternative to Algebra II.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 2, 2009
Amendment offered by Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D) on September 2, 2009
To add to this bill the section of the law containing the rest of the high school graduation standards, which is a technical procedure that facilitates expanding the scope of proposed changes in negotiations with the Senate.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 2, 2009
To eliminate the Algebra II requirement in the high school graduation standards adopted in 2006. The bill would allow students to instead take various alternative courses including "applied math," accounting, business math, "financial literacy," a "career and technical education" course approved by the school district, and more.
Received in the Senate on September 9, 2009
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on September 9, 2009
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 1, 2010
To adopt a version of the bill that does not address graduation requirements, but instead deals with teacher tenure. See Senate-passed version for details.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 1, 2010
To require schools to rate teachers as "effective" or "ineffective," with at least 45 percent of the rating based on student performance, and require these ratings be used for teacher tenure decisions.
Received in the House on December 1, 2010
To concur with the House-passed version of the bil.

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