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ST. PAUL — Today the Minnesota House of Representatives passed HF 1381, the Omnibus Education Policy Bill. Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL – St. Paul), the DFL lead on the Education Reform Committee voted against the final bill.
Rep. Mariani released the following statement on the bill’s passage:
“The controversial 3rd grade retention provision is simply not good public policy. Research has shown that by the time a student reaches grade 3, holding them back is far more damaging than helpful. Furthermore, this bill does not account for the increased costs holding those students back will incur, and severely limits parental involvement in academic decision-making. This retention policy will be problematic unless parents are involved and invested in the process. All past attempts at retention across the nation have shown a striking lack of improvement in student reading ability.
“If we’re serious about improving literacy in Minnesota, we need to tackle the problem sooner in a child’s education. Governor Dayton’s proposals do that, and I hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will include his provisions as the bill moves forward.
“I see some positives for Minnesota’s students and school system in this bill, particularly the innovative proposals that involve the maturation of initiatives like Promise Neighborhoods in St. Paul. Despite the few positives in this bill, I voted against it. Our students and schools need thoughtful, proven reforms. This bill simply doesn’t deliver those."