Bill does away with early graduation program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal to do away with the state's early graduation program is advancing in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin was approved Tuesday on a voice vote in the House Education Committee. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 last week.

Under the so-called Move on When Ready Act, a student who scores 27 on the ACT is only required to obtain 18 hours of specific classes to get a diploma. Casada's proposal would require students to complete 22 hours before moving on.

Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis said he voted against the legislation because he thinks students should benefit from the law's requirements if a "child's aptitude and all-around fitness" show they have the ability to advance.

Several counties were exempted from the legislation


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