A bill that passed the Indiana House of Representatives would let Amish students leave high school after the 10th grade without graduation rates being affected.

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would provide educational options for Amish students in high school has passed the Indiana House of Representatives.

The bill, authored by Rep. Christy Stutzman, R-Middlebury, would allow schools not to include students who drop out after the 10th grade in their graduation rates, but only if the families have submitted a statement before the ninth grade saying the student would drop out halfway through high school due to deeply held religious beliefs. They must also be able to show their photo exempt ID card, which is available only to the Amish in Indiana. Finally, a clergy member has to submit a statement to back up the claim.

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Revolution 1776

Wow, a common sense bill, I hope it passes .

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