160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Class of 2006 will be the first in California to be required to pass the exam, which seeks to measure students’ abilities in math and English. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said he supports the Romero bill. Earlier this year, he declined to offer alternatives for non-special-education students who have failed the test. An Oakland-based advocacy group filed a lawsuit on behalf of special-education students in 2001, and a settlement was reached with the state last August. Democrats, however, altered the bill that was intended to implement the settlement, prompting O’Connell to withdraw his support and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto it. SACRAMENTO – The Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly approved a measure that would temporarily exempt special-education students from having to pass California’s high school exit exam. The bill, by state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, is intended to settle claims made in a lawsuit that the exam discriminates against the disabled. The bill would give the state one year to craft a longer-term solution for special-education students. The bill, SB 517, passed on a 69-1 vote and moves to the Senate later this week, where it is expected to pass. Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, cast the dissenting vote. He made no comment on the chamber’s floor and did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.