Do Students Need Algebra II?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING -- Michigan high school students could skip algebra II and still graduate under legislation approved by the state House.
Lawmakers voted 97-10 Wednesday to pass the bill, which now goes to the Senate.
It likely will face opposition from Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who has said she doesn't want to water down Michigan's tough high school graduation standards.
The tougher requirements were to apply to this year's incoming juniors. Four years of math were mandated, including algebra II.
The House bill would require the same number of math credits. But financial literacy and certain math-related career and technical education courses could replace algebra II. Some classes also could replace geometry.
Michigan's graduation standards would not change in other subject areas.


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