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Florida graduation standards: Are they tough enough?



4350 Just last year, the Legislature approved the "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards," aimed at making the state's curriculum more competitive internationally.

Some members remain dissatisfied.

"We're going to do it again," House Education Pre-K-12 policy chairman John Legg told the Gradebook. "The reality is, our standards are not high enough in Florida."

Look for a bill that would set Algebra II as a new graduation requirement, among other changes.

"We are working on the list to make sure when students go into college, they're ready," Legg said.

And for those who aren't college bound, the bill is likely to provide additional career-oriented academic options, he added. "But I believe most of them will rise up" to the more stringent guidelines.

Visit the Gradebook on Saturday for a full interview about the upcoming legislative session with John Legg.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:14am]


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