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SBE to Host Special Meeting, Emergency Waiver Program

On February 25, beginning at 1:00 p.m., the State Board of Education (SBE) will host a special meeting where the Board will review and discuss a draft of emergency rules about the emergency graduation requirements waiver program. The draft will be available to the public. The Board will receive public comment, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. SBE will also collect written public comment (email Find the special meeting Zoom link and link to agenda/materials on SBE's meetings page.

No action will be taken at this meeting. The Board will consider adoption of the emergency rules and proposed permanent rules at its March 10-11 regular meeting. 

Provide input on key decision points (outlined in a video brief) via short survey before the special Board meeting on February 25:

Why SBE is in the Rulemaking Process This legislative session, SBE requested two bills to create emergency waiver programs. They address the ongoing public health emergency and potential future emergencies. House Bill 1121 establishes an emergency waiver program to give districts the ability to grant students emergency waivers of certain graduation requirements. House Bill 1131 allows for waiver of instructional time for private schools (like authority already provided for public schools).

As of February 16, these bills have passed both the House and the Senate and will be sent to the Governor for signing. 

Application, eligibility, administration, and reporting requirements, as well as limitations on what can be waived, will be decided through the rulemaking process.

If you haven't already, please provide input on key decision points via short survey before the special Board meeting on February 25 if possible. SBE will leave the survey open until March 5:

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