Mich. House panel votes to end math requirement

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Michigan legislative panel has voted to let high school students skip having to take algebra II to graduate.

The House Education Committee's vote Wednesday reflects lawmakers' unease with requirements included in a 2006 law, particularly making students pass algebra II to graduate. They could take a financial literacy course instead under the bill.

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm opposes the legislation.

She supports a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate that would make clear that some math-related career and technical education courses can replace algebra II.

Michigan already has changed state law to allow students to take algebra II over a two-year period in response to complaints that the requirement is too tough.

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