Stamas’ high school requirement flexibility bill sent to governor

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to give students more flexibility to meet the state’s high school graduation requirements is on its way to the governor to be signed.

“Education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and this reform will continue to offer options for students to choose robust courses of study that can best prepare them for success,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Michigan’s economy is growing and creating jobs, yet thousands of positions remain unfilled because employers cannot find enough skilled workers.

“Allowing students to take additional applied science and math classes can help them achieve their goals and also help our state meet the growing demand for top talent.”

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

Under current law, Michigan 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 would extend that flexibility to meet the MMC requirements until 2024.

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.