- Sponsorship -

Educators back bill on more flexibility in graduation requirements

School superintendents in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are backing legislation that would give schools and students more flexibility in earning credits towards high school graduation.

The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, allows high school students to take more courses they are genuinely interested in and permits districts to offer courses that best fit their students’ needs. The bill drops Algebra II as a required course for graduation.

“Michigan public high schools have one of the most prescriptive graduation requirements in the nation,” according to an endorsement letter from the Michigan Talent Triangle, which represents superintendents in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties. “Every day, we see the negative impact of this ‘one size fits all’ approach where students must forego their interest areas in an effort to satisfy the state’s mandated curricular requirements.”

Senate Bill 600-1 still requires four mathematics credits, four English language arts credits, three social science credits, three science credits and four elective credits to graduate. Michigan is one of three states in the U.S. that require completion of Algebra II to graduate.

The bill, which was referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness, also has been endorsed by the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education, which represents school superintendents in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.

- Sponsorship -
James Harger
James Harger
James Harger left School News Network in January of 2020. James previously reported on West Michigan's economy, courts and politics for The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com for more than 37 years. He also is employed as Servanthood Leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he also has worked for publications in Holland, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. He is married to Lisa and has one daughter, who lives in Ann Arbor.


Young constitutional scholars view current events, politics through historical lens

East Grand Rapids and East Kentwood high school We the People team members have qualified for the national competition, becoming well versed in civics and critical thinking along the way...

Rain gutter regatta showcases buoyancy, engineering skills

An annual boat race has become a highlight of sixth-grade science class. At stake: bragging rights and 'a goofy trophy'...

The Hood family: a school & community leadership dynasty

Five generations have lived within a five- to six-mile radius dating back to a government work program in the 1930s...

The sky’s the limit (or is it?) for this accomplished model builder

Creative, innovative, imaginative … Many of today’s students are all that and more in a vast variety of interest areas. This series features students with exceptional and unusual gifts...


  1. What’s worse is if they complete any of those credits in middle school because they are bright they don’t count toward the required count and still have to find more to fill the requirement because they didn’t complete them in high school. My son thought he was doing good getting ahead and opening his schedule for things he wanted to take in high school by taking the math in middle school. Nope.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

Virtual job-shadow opportunities available

Groundhog Shadow Day, which gives area students an inside look at different careers, is going virtual this year...

Partnership continues focus on student emotional, mental health

A group is working to identify trauma and provide support early in order to increase student success...

Online poetry, multimedia course encourages mental well-being for middle schoolers

A Grand Rapids nonprofit has made online writing and mental health materials available free of charge. At least one local middle-school teacher says the series is powerful and helps build community among classmates...
- Sponsorship -


Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...


Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -


Maranda Where You LiveWGVU