Thursday, February 27, 2014

Arizona House of Representatives passes Miranda’s bill to encourage eighth graders to pursue high school

March 20, 2014 UPDATE: The Senate Education Committee passed Miranda’s bill to encourage eighth graders to pursue high school 

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Arizona House of Representatives passes Miranda’s bill to encourage eighth graders to pursue high school  

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The Arizona House of Representatives recently passed a bill introduced by Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), intended to encourage students graduating from eighth grade to continue their education.

“Eighth grade completion is a milestone accomplishment,” Miranda said. “It should mark the path in education that leads to more opportunities.”

Miranda’s bill, HB 2501, would prevent school district governing boards from requesting signed certificates of promotion from the county school superintendent while allowing schools to conduct ceremonies to honor the students being promoted from eighth grade.

“Certificates and diplomas should be reserved for graduations,” Miranda said. “We want our students to have higher expectations for themselves and think toward high school and college graduation.”

The bill passed 58-1 and now goes to the Arizona Senate for consideration.





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1 comment:

  1. I like the concept - its a logical progression towards staying in school and graduate.. great idea.. now if the system can sustain the labors of keeping these 8th graders in school, half the battle is won

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