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Lawmakers Consider High School Graduation Changes

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - State lawmakers are reopening the debate over the Algebra 2 requirement to graduate from high school as vocational and technical advocates say students should have the option to take other courses to meet that requirement.

 

In 2005, state lawmakers order all students to take Algebra 2, suffice it to say, not everyone was happy with that. Students were given other options to meet the requirement, but now the Michigan House wants to go even further and this educator concurs.

"We have flexibility. This legislature just further wants to clarify that and recognize that parents should play a larger role," said Brad Biladeau, an education lobbyist.

"I'm not thrilled," said Senator Phil Pavlou, the education committee chair on the idea of the change. "Graduation rates are up. ACT scores are going up. So I don't know how you can make the case you need to start to reduce those kind of requirements."

Rep. Peter Pettalia brings up the point for the kids who are not going to college. "We're trying to make cookie cutter kids. We want everybody to be university bound, but I don't believe that's the case. There are kids who excel in other things," said Pettalia.

For those who argue the graduation requirements are being watered down, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says he doesn't agree.@

"I would not characterize it as changing the requirement to teach Algebra 2 as much as changing the way it is taught," said Calley.

The changes are now pending in the House.

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