By Ray Hamill — The Kentucky State Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that would allow students remain in school for an extra year after the disruption caused by the pandemic.
And that would give high school student athletes a fifth year of eligibility in sports.
The bill, which must still clear the state House, would grant a “supplemental school year” for K-12 students to retake or supplement courses, and comes in response to the concerns and struggles many students have experienced with virtual learning.
The idea has received widespread and bipartisan support in the Kentucky Senate, which approved the bill by a vote of 36-0.
Senior student athletes who wish to continue to compete in sports would have to meet certain age requirements.
The issue, of course, begs a ton of questions.
According to an Associated Press report, if the bill becomes law, students would have until May 1 to request a supplemental year, with local school boards then having to decide to accept all or none of the requests by the beginning of June.
Would that be a good idea here on the North Coast?