Bill Description: Senate Bill 1052 allows K-6 students who are advanced in reading, writing and mathematics to apply for a flexible schedule at public schools.
Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function or activity of government?
Senate Bill 1052 allows “advanced” students to apply for a flexible schedule permitting the student to have partial-day or full-day absences “for the purpose of family activities, enrichment opportunities or home-based educational activities.”
Does it violate the principle of equal protection under the law?
The bill only allows for public school students considered “advanced” in reading, writing, and mathematics, as determined by state mandated standardized testing, to apply for a flexible schedule. But there may be many reasons aside from being “advanced” — for example, having a learning disability or anxiety — for a student to benefit from a flexible schedule and educational opportunities outside of public schools. Every student should have the choice to personalize their schedule based on their unique needs. Public schools are also not required to comply with the program. Therefore, students can only apply for flexible schedules at complying public schools.
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