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State senator pushes new bill to allow students to repeat a grade due to pandemic

State senator pushes new bill to allow students a request to repeat a grade due to pandemic
Posted at 7:24 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 19:24:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Florida State Senator is now pushing a new bill to help support students who are struggling to learn this year, after changes in the classroom due to COVID-19.

Senator Lori Berman (D-Palm Beach) wants to allow parents to have their children repeat a grade.

Parents of students in kindergarten through eighth grade would be able to file a request for their child to repeat the next school year, no questions asked.

"In high school, students interact with many more teachers," said Berman. "So there's a lot more eyes on the students to see if they're failing or having problems. Also, the high school students are more mature and can verbalize and tell people they're having problems."

The bill, SB 200, would go into effect as soon as it is signed into law, and parents would have until June 1, 2021, to make the request.

SB 200 is currently in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, according to the Florida Senate website.

The next legislative session starts in just under a month on March 2.

The bill can be read in full by clicking here.