New Requirements for Graduation

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Graduating seniors in Michigan are forced to take one course to graduate: civics. Under a broad new plan under consideration by the State Board of Education, the requirement would be increased to 16 credits including four each in English and Math, three credits in science and social studies, and one credit each in the fine arts and gym.

State School Superintendent Mike Flanagan predicts the tougher standards will not result in more high school drop outs. He says with a current 50 percent drop out rate in Lansing and other urban districts, this change is worth it if Michigan is going to prepare students for the hi-tech jobs of the 21st century.