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Wed February 11, 2009
Early Graduation Bill
By Angela Hatton
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky State Senate has approved an early graduation bill. The measure allows high school freshman to take a number of rigorous courses in order to graduate in three years. Participants would have to maintain a minimum three-oh grade point average and successful students would then earn a certificate valued at about 28-hundred dollars to use at a Kentucky college or university. Bill sponsor First District Senator Ken Winters says there's no way to know how many students might choose the option.
"There's no way for me to make that judgement I think we'll just have to try this I would suspect it would be fairly small initially until people begin to see wait Johnny was able to do that maybe I ought to give that some thought."
Opponents of the measure worry it could reduce academic standards. Proponents say early graduation will help Kentucky students compete internationally.