State Board Of Education Delays High School Diploma Standards Vote

Nov 4, 2015

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The State Board of Education voted to rework proposed high school diploma changes at its meeting Wednesday.

After hours of public testimony last week criticizing many of the new diploma requirements continued at Wednesday’s meeting, the board voted to create a new committee to rework the new graduation requirements.

Much of the criticism focused on the lack of requirements for fine arts classes as well as struggles special education students might face under new graduation demands, among others.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says the new committee and task forces she’ll create will address some of these concerns and bring the board new options.

“So I think we’re just going to do further refinement and make sure we have clarity, keep bringing it back to the board and that’s our goal,” Ritz says.

Ritz says she expects to bring a report to the board in April. New diploma requirements would take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.