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Who says high school must take four years? Pennsylvania looks at a two-year option

With virtual education leading the way in performance-based completion, perhaps it was inevitable that the bricks and mortar schools would start looking at graduation in a whole new way.

Florida has offered a three-year, 18-credit diploma for several years. But now Pennsylvania is joining a pilot program that would let teens complete an accelerated high school curriculum that gets them out the door in just two years, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

It's all about what students can do, and not whether they can do it in a set period of time. (Maybe it's also about getting kids out of school faster, freeing up some money in the process, right?) Sounds like a sound idea, if schooling really is focused on helping students prepare themselves for life after high school. It is, isn't it?

Or do teens truly need to be in high school for four years?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:07am]

    

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