State Representative Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, is hailing the Michigan House’s passage Thursday of legislation updating the state’s high school graduation standards. Griffin tells us the three-bill package includes a plan from her to boost technical education in the state by giving students options to have technical courses count toward graduation.
“If we’re focused on job skills training and closing that job skills gap, this is common sense legislation that makes great strides toward that,” Griffin said.
Griffin’s bill requires students to complete at least three courses in any combination of 21st Century Skills, computer science, or technical education to graduate. Other parts of the plan allow students to take a performing arts or CTE course instead of a foreign language, and allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II. The legislation now goes on to the Michigan Senate.