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Colo. GOP has graduation standards

Steven K. Paulson
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Republican state lawmakers called for comprehensive statewide graduation standards Tuesday that would include up to four years in math and English, three years of science and social studies and two years of a foreign language.

And if students fail the 10th grade statewide achievement test, they would be required to pass a high school proficiency exam before they could get a diploma.

“These are creative solutions that are grounded in performance and accountability and don’t ask Colorado taxpayers for another tax hike,” said House Minority Leader Mike May of Parker.

Democrats, who have a 40-25 majority in the House and a 20-15 majority in the Senate, said they will outline their public education agenda later this month.

Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, said he plans to reintroduce a bill killed last year that would require students to prove English proficiency.

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“Some people say that it’s not fair to withhold a diploma from a student who hasn’t mastered English, who can’t function in society. The truth is, it’s not fair to give a student a phony piece of paper that says they’ve received an adequate education when they have not,” Mitchell said.

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