Editorial: Measure to loosen reins on high-achieving schools


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When students are doing especially well in a class, teachers occasionally will let them strike out on their own intellectually, free of the usual course of study.

The result often is a burst of creativity and deeper learning.

A state Senate bill would do the same for high-performing schools. Select schools would get a break from state requirements and provide them with more flexibility.

Senate Bill 189 would allow for continually top-performing schools to have freedom to develop their own curriculum, to create their own teacher evaluations and career and technical training, and to organize classroom time based on instructional minutes instead of the current 180-day school year requirement.

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