State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover supports curriculum-based legislation that will give students more flexibility in their high school education choices to meet graduation requirements and prepare for a career.
“Preparing students for life is a key mission of a high school education and these bills will help do that,” Alexander said. “If they have an aptitude in skilled trades, computer coding or statistics then they should be given the opportunity to explore the fields that align with their future aspirations and careers. Right now, employers are looking for workers in Jackson County who have the training and experience that we are giving students in our high schools.”
The four bills are:
- Allow students to complete their 21st Century Skills requirement through a career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts course.
- Allow for one foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a CTE or visual/performing arts course to graduate high school.
- Allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan Merit Standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.
- Allow for computer coding to be an alternative to a foreign language graduation requirement.
House Bills 4315, 4316 and 4318 have been assigned to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. HB 4114 has been assigned to the House Education Reform Committee.