School Board

School Board Members Caycee Hanger Roberts, from left, Linda Jones, Sarah Marhevsky and Erik Cole discuss the third-grade retention law that has developed into a dilemma about whether to hold back children whose learning has been hindered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A recently implemented law that could require many students to repeat the third grade due to COVID-19-related academic shortfalls is being questioned by Franklin County School Board members who are letting lawmakers know they have problems with the mandate.

The board approved a legislative agenda at its Jan. 10 meeting and adopted a memorandum to forward to the Legislature that states the School System would prefer the law be repealed, However, if it isn’t, the board is recommending the law be amended.