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2013 House Bill 4465: Lower high school graduation standards

Public Act 208 of 2014

  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. 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.
  4. Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 12, 2014.
  6. Passed 89 to 21 in the House on June 12, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25, 2014.

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