The state's Senate Education Committee plans statewide hearings to discuss tougher high school graduation requirements proposed for Michigan students.
The first hearing is set for Thursday in Lansing.
Others are planned for Jan. 30 in Muskegon, Feb. 9 in Grand Rapids, Feb. 16 in Midland, Feb. 20 in Kalamazoo and March 3 in Port Huron and Macomb County's Clinton Township.
State superintendent Mike Flanagan and the State Board of Education have proposed stricter graduation requirements for high school students including four credits each in math and English, three each in science and social science, two in world languages and one each in physical education and the arts.
If lawmakers act by March 1, the requirements would start with the graduating class of 2010, which is next year's freshmen class. If the Legislature adopts the standards later than that, the new requirements would start one year later.
Michigan's only current statewide requirement is a civics class. All other standards are left to individual school districts to decide.
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