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Education package signed into law

6/23/2020, 10:40 p.m.
The state’s education package that will provide assistance and relief to teachers and schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has ...

The state’s education package that will provide assistance and relief to teachers and schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has become law.

The education package does a number of things to help students and teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes extending educator license renewals for one year, so teachers don’t have to go through the renewal process while working remotely. It also allows for mandatory tests to be taken remotely, so students don’t have to risk getting sick in order to take an exam they need to apply for college.

Additionally, relating to higher education, any grade of “pass,” “credit,” or “satisfactory” during the public health emergency is transferable and will fulfill prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses.

It also modifies income requirements for the state's AIM HIGH education grant program, saying a student’s income when they enter the program will remain their income for the duration of their inclusion in the program.

The education package — found in Senate Bill 1569 — was signed into law June 18 and takes effect immediately.