State Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township is co-sponsoring a merit curriculum legislative package that will give students and parents more flexibility in their high school education choices.
“High school is about preparing our students for life after graduation and that’s what these four bills do,” Hornberger said. “We need to give students with an aptitude for computer coding, statistics or specific trades the opportunity to explore the fields that align with their future aspirations. Right now, employers in Macomb and St. Clair counties are looking for workers who have the training and experience in skilled trades. Many of these courses are currently available in our high school curriculum, students just need more flexibility to select the courses that meet their needs.”
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, when the current requirement expires for 2022.
- 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.