State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona is co-sponsoring a merit curriculum legislative package that will give students and parents an increased voice about their educational choices to prepare for life after high school.
“Students need to be allowed to learn without putting them all in the same learning box,” Cole said. “As a home-schooled graduate and a parent that home schools, I know firsthand the individuality learning requires. We need to realize that not every student is going to be a doctor or an attorney, so we need to be teaching that choosing the trades is a positive career choice.”
The four bills in the package will:
- Allow students to complete their 21st Century Skills requirement by completing 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 beyond 2021, when the current requirement expires.
- Allow the completion of a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program to fulfill a health education requirement.
- Allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.
House Bills 4315-4318 have been assigned to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.