2009-02-05 / Local & State

Pa. Board To Hold High School Reform Hearings

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's State Board of Education is seeking suggestions on how it can improve its proposal to make high school graduation requirements more rigorous.

The board has scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 5 in Allentown. It's the first in a series of regional forums the board is planning on high school reform.

The board's proposal to require students to pass a series of state-sanctioned high school tests stalled last year because of legislative opposition. Critics say the initiative would undermine local school boards' policymaking authority.

Gov. Ed Rendell's administration says tougher tests are needed because too many high school graduates aren't ready for college.

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