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State Assembly passes exit exam waiver, bill heading to Senate

Elizabeth Weise | August 21, 2015

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sacramento_state_capital_houseIn an emergency vote yesterday, the state Assembly passed a bill that exempts 2015 high school seniors from passing the California High School Exit Exam, enabling them to graduate.

The bill now goes to the Senate, which will take it up Monday as the body is not in session today. If it passes there, it will be sent on to Governor Jerry Brown.

The California Department of Education suspended the exam in May. That left more than 5,000 seniors statewide who had planned to take the test in July in limbo and unable to graduate. Nearly 500 of them were from LA Unified.

Assemblymember David Chiu, a San Francisco Democrat and one of the co-authors of the bill, said he was pleased the bill is moving so quickly “to remedy a bureaucratic decision that placed our students and their futures in limbo.”

“None of these students should have their dreams deferred,” he said.

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