Stamas’ graduation requirement bill signed

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Sen. Jim Stamas’ measure giving more students flexibility to meet the state’s high school graduation requirements.

“Education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and neither should our requirements to graduate from high school,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The governor signing this reform means that Michigan students will continue to be able to choose the course of study that will best prepare them for success.”

In 2006, Michigan adopted one of the nation’s most rigorous sets of high school graduation requirements. The Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) requires students to complete a minimum of 18 credits in eight specific subject areas in order to receive a high school diploma.

High school students can substitute a career-tech course or an extra arts class for one of the two required foreign language credits. Senate Bill 175, now Public Act 232 of 2018, extends that flexibility to meet the MMC requirements until 2024.

“As the economy continues to grow and create jobs, many employers have open positions because they cannot find enough workers with the necessary skills,” Stamas said. “Allowing students to count an additional applied career and technology class toward their graduation can help them achieve their goals and also help our state meet the growing demand for skilled talent.”

Many education and business groups supported SB 175, including the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Education Association, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.