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Florida lawmakers keep pushing for career-focused high school diploma



On the one hand, Florida leaders like to talk about the need to boost students' academics to become more competitive in the world.

On the other, they keep filing legislation such as HB 111, which would establish a career-oriented path to high school graduation for Florida teens.

The bill, filed by Rep. Bryan Nelson, a Republican from Apopka, would retain most requirements of a standard diploma in this new model. Those would include 3 credits in science including biology, four credits in math including algebra and geometry, and four credits in English. Where it would deviate is in the area of electives.

Standard diploma recipients must complete 8 elective credits. Under a career diploma, students would have to earn 7 credits in career or technical training, with no less than a C grade point average, and one-half credit in career preparation or planning.

There's no talk here of physics or calculus. Just a nod toward the notion that many students are not necessarily college bound. Does Florida need a different diploma for those headed to work rather than higher ed? Would students lose too much by substituting career courses for academic electives such as languages? Discuss.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 2:23pm]


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