Gov. Kasich signed HB 491 on Dec. 19 that extends the additional options in place for the class of 2018, to the class of 2019 with no changes. It also extends the options one additional year to 2020, but with a few modifications, including:
- Students need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for the final two years of high school (instead of just the last year)
- The “capstone project” option must comply with ODE guidance and include a process for evaluation
- Students who utilize the work/community service hours option must comply with ODE guidance and verification requirements
The amendment also requires that ODE, in consultation with the business community, present recommendations for a long-term fix by April 1, 2019.