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Wilk delays alternative education bill for a year

Posted: April 11, 2013 6:05 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:05 p.m.
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Scott Wilk

A bill that would have allowed students to gain college credit by taking state-regulated proficiency tests has been put on hold until next year, its sponsor said Thursday.

Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, sponsored the bill, Assembly Bill 1306, which would have established the “New University of California,” a separate educational agency charged with doling out college credit to students who pass state-regulated proficiency tests in certain areas.

Wilk said the primary rationale behind the bill was to acknowledge the experience students gain outside of the classroom and allow them to skip courses that would be redundant with their prior knowledge.

The bill was meant to be narrow in scope to start, dealing only with mathematics and computer science courses. But as time went on, Wilk said it became clear that its wording could open up the provisions of the bill to a much wider array of courses.

“You’re talking about a new paradigm in education,” Wilk said of the bill. “So typically when you try something new you want to beta-test it.”

Wilk said he continues to support the concept of the bill and plans to bring it back during the next legislative session.

In doing so, Wilk said he hopes to have more time to lobby his fellow legislators and get their support, especially since the learning curve of his first Assembly term kept him from effectively doing so this year.

“There was not adequate time to go and make the case,” Wilk said, referring to the current legislative session. “The window just closed really quickly.”
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