The Senate Education Standing Committee approved a bill Friday that would rescind last year's law requiring seventh and eighth graders who receive failing grades in key classes to receive special help.

Students in grades 9-12 were already required to obtain remediation in order to earn credit toward graduation, but a 1988 law added seventh and eighth graders to the remediation requirement. SB19, sponsored by Sen. Dix McMullin, R-South Jordan, would give school districts the option of requiring remediation for its seventh and eighth grade students.After a suggestion by State Superintendent of Public Instruction James Moss, the committee also decided to amend the bill so that remediation programs would not force a student to repeat an entire course to achieve competency in a specific area.

McMullin said superintendents complained to him that parents objected to the additional time required for remediation of middle school students and of the remediation fees charged by the districts.