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Board Passes Resolution Opposing Keystones as Grad Requirement

Updated October 24, 2013

Radnor Township School District School Board Passes Resolution Opposing Keystone Exams as High School Graduation Requirement

Concerned Parents and Residents Can Support Cause By Sending Letters to Representatives

Taking a stand against "regulations or legislation that usurp the authority of local school districts to determine whether their students have earned high school diplomas," the Radnor Township School District Board of School Directors unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement at its Oct. 22 meeting.

According to the resolution: “The Keystone Exams graduation requirement will cause an increase in remediation courses which will have economic impact on districts operating under Act 1 fiscal constraints and on taxpayers across the Commonwealth, and these required expenditures have no proof of cost effectiveness and represent an unfunded mandate.” Should the requirement be enacted, it will first affect the Class of 2017. 

The resolution also states that the necessity for remediation courses reduces a student’s ability to select elective courses, which conflicts with the district’s board-approved mission of empowering students to pursue their individual passions with knowledge and confidence to shape the future.

The resolution calls on other school boards, local legislators and members of the Senate and House Education Committees to petition the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) to amend Chapter 4, which specifies the mandate and has already been advanced by the State Board of Education.
The IRRC is set to review the regulation on Thurs., Nov. 21.

The resolution continues recent action taken by the School Board to oppose the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement. In August, board member Charles E. Madden III provided related testimony at a hearing of the state’s Senate Education Committee and, in September, the district hosted a legislative breakfast where board members shared their concerns with Pennsylvania legislators Rep. William Adolph (R-165th), Rep. Joe Hackett (R-161st) and Rep. Greg Vitali (D-166th).
 
Read the resolution in full.

Parents or community members wishing to join the RTSD school board in opposing the Keystone Exams as a high school graduation requirement are asked to complete and mail a letter to their representative and/or the IRRC. Find out who your representative is here, then choose a letter to complete and mail: RTSD PARENTS: IRRCVitaliHackettAdolph | Leach; NON-PARENT RESIDENTS: IRRC | Vitali | Hackett | Adolph | Leach.
 

 
 
CONTACT: Michael Petitti
michael.petitti@rtsd.org
610-688-8100 X6119