Preparation for trades could count toward graduation under proposed legislation

Capital News Service
LANSING — High school students could learn algebra while working with metal under legislation pending in the Senate. The bills sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, and Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, would give students more flexibility in classes they could take in high school. They could take an agricultural science or anatomy class in place of the traditional second year science class, swap a foreign language class for an industrial art class and fulfill the Algebra II requirement with classes that incorporate the material differently. The Michigan Merit Curriculum enacted in 2006 allows little flexibility for students to explore a career field, McBroom said. All around the state there have been unintended consequences popping up because of the rigid requirements, McBroom said.

More online classes on the horizon

Capital News Service
LANSING – Would you send your child to an online virtual school? Many schools around the state are now offering supplemental courses online. “Having these classes has only enriched the curriculum,” said Scott Moellenberndt, superintendent of Blissfield Community Schools. The district has added foreign language options that it could not afford before. “We are not losing any money at all,” said Moellenberndt of the extra classes.