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2013 House Bill 4465: Lower high school graduation standards

Public Act 208 of 2014

Introduced by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on March 14, 2013 To revise details of the mathematics and foreign language standards in the state's high school graduation curriculum requirements in ways that generally reduce their rigor. The bill would also allow school districts to establish their own career and technical standards, rather than the current statewide standards, and make additional changes in the physical education and arts standards.
Under current law (and subject to many exceptions), to get a diploma a student must complete four credits in "English language arts," three credits in science, including biology and either chemistry or physics; four credits in mathematics including at least algebra I, geometry, and algebra II; three credits in social science including U.S. and world history and geography; one health and physical education credit; and one credit in visual, performing, or applied arts.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on March 14, 2013
Reported in the House on May 7, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on June 5, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on June 5, 2013 To tie-bar the bill to House Bills 4466 and 4712, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those ones do also. Those bills propose additional changes in current standards.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on June 5, 2013 To allow school officials to have more discretion in determinging physical education standards.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 5, 2013
Passed 81 to 26 in the House on June 6, 2013 To revise wording in the state's high school graduation curriculum requirements in ways that generally reduce the rigor of foreign language and math standards, among other things allowing students to substitute certain alternative courses for Algebra II; and also to revise details of physical education and arts standards.
Received in the Senate on June 11, 2013
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on June 11, 2013
Amendment offered in the Senate on June 12, 2014 To include a course in computer science among the alternatives to having to take algebra II.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 12, 2014
Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on June 12, 2014 (same description)
To revise wording in the state's high school graduation curriculum requirements in ways that generally reduce the rigor of foreign language and math standards, among other things allowing students to substitute certain alternative courses for Algebra II; and also to revise details of physical education and arts standards.
Received in the House on June 12, 2014
Passed 89 to 21 in the House on June 12, 2014
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25, 2014

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