Subscribe to E-Newsletter June 30, 2014

Dear Friend,

I want to update you on a great development in our efforts to ensure that high school graduation requirements are determined by local school districts rather than tied to state-mandated standardized tests.

StudentsOn Friday, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 1450, legislation that would give local schools the option of deciding what role that the Keystone Exams play. Under this bill, school districts would maintain control over deciding whether the Keystones should factor as part of an end-of-course grade, an indication for remediation, or a graduation requirement. Of course, districts would also be free to use the Keystones as assessments that have no bearing at all on a student’s graduation.

This legislation is very similar to my original Senate Bill 1382. In fact, I approached Senator Mike Folmer, the bill’s prime sponsor and majority chair of the Senate Education Committee, to redraft the bill’s language into Senate Bill 1450 to ensure that it reflected the movement’s bipartisan support.

Please know that your work in contacting Senate leaders and my legislative colleagues in support of this effort was instrumental in getting Senate Bill 1450 out of committee.

However, our work is not yet done.

Remember, until and unless Senate Bill 1450 gets passed into law, high school students beginning with the class of 2017 (those approaching sophomore year) will have to pass high-stakes Keystone Graduation Exams in three subject areas (Algebra I, Biology and Language Arts) in order to earn a diploma.

So I need you to take another step to help keep the bill’s momentum going. Please contact Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and ask him to schedule a full Senate vote on Senate Bill 1450. Please also be sure to copy Senator Mike Folmer and me, as minority chair, on your correspondence to Senator Pileggi.

Please know that I will continue to work diligently to get this legislation passed before the Senate adjourns.


Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District


Contact Information:

Senator Dominic Pileggi
Senate Box 203009
350 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Senator Mike Folmer
Senate Box 203048
170 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Senator Andrew Dinniman
Senate Box 203019
182 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA 17120

Offices of State Senator Andy Dinniman


District Office
One North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.692.2112
Fax: 610.436.1721
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203019
183 Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
Phone: 717.787.5709
Fax: 717.787.4384

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