Gardenhire bill would make public schools pay for students' remedial college courses

Lake Forest Middle School students change classes in this file photo.
photo Lake Forest Middle School students change classes in this file photo.

NASHVILLE -- Last year, Tennessee two-year colleges spent an estimated $18.45 million on remedial classes in areas like math, reading and writing so unprepared students could start doing college-level work.

Now state Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, thinks he has a partial answer to a problem that state lawmakers have griped about for decades.

He's introduced Senate Bill 526, which would require Tennessee public school districts to reimburse the costs of recent high school graduates who have had to take a remedial course.

Gardenhire cited the bill in a Times Free Press interview over the ongoing uproar on Tennessee's Common Core standards and legislative efforts to come up with new standards for math and English language arts to replace them.

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