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High School Graduation Overhaul And University Pre-eminence Head To Governor's Desk

The Florida House of Representatives has okayed a wide-ranging education bill and sent it to the  Governor.

Senate Bill 1076 is huge, and does a lot of different things. The plan also creates a “preeminent” designation for a state university that would allow it to create a fully online spin-off school. Under the plan, high school students now have more pathways toward a diploma. They can use industry certifications to substitute for certain classes and end-of-course exams. Republican Representative Doc Renuart says the plan is about getting students ready for careers.

“This does not remove the rigorous requirements of our curriculum, the 24 credits. But it allows those students to focus those credits on occupations where they can support themselves in the future,”   he said.

High schoolers would no longer need to pass the Algebra II end-of-course exam to graduate. School districts would receive extra funding based on the number of industry certifications students earn.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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