COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A state legislative panel has approved a compromise on an Ohio bill that would require students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other documents.
Different versions of the bill passed both Republican-led chambers of the state Legislature last year, but the Senate in January rejected the House changes to the measure.
Tuesday's agreement frees up the bill to clear the Legislature as soon as Wednesday.
Changes by the conference committee clarify that high school students would have to take two end-of-course examinations -- one for American history and another for American government. The agreement also would require that at least 20 percent of the American government exam relate to the founding documents by the 2013-2014 school year.