Snyder OKs high school graduation rule changes

Gov. Rick Snyder (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Gov. Rick Snyder (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed changes in Michigan’s high school graduation requirements affecting math, foreign language, and health and physical education classes.

Two laws signed Wednesday rewrite a provision that gives students flexibility to meet the algebra II credit by taking welding or another career tech class. Snyder says the goal is giving K-12 districts more flexibility to weave algebra II into career tech programs while maintaining “necessary rigor.”

Michigan requires students to complete two years of a foreign language. Now in the next six years, students can fulfill half the requirement in a career tech or art class.

Students who now need one year of health and physical education will get flexibility. They can take a half-credit of health and count extracurricular activities as a half-credit in gym.

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