Some states are altering traditional graduation requirements, loosening some standards, to encourage students with interests outside of academics to stay in school and earn a diploma. A bill signed into law on Monday in Florida establishes three types of diplomas -- standard, scholar and merit -- and eliminates algebra II, chemistry and physics as graduation requirements starting next school year. Officials in Michigan and Texas are considering similar measures to serve students interested in entering construction, farming and manufacturing fields.
States react to students' post-high-school needs
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