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3:39 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Governor: Schools Should Have Flexibility On Algebra 2

Governor Rick Snyder says schools and students should have more options when it comes to meeting the Algebra Two graduation requirement.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

Governor Snyder had just finished addressing a workforce training conference. He says the classroom isn’t always the best learning environment. The governor says learning the principles of Algebra Two is often easier as part of a program in robotics or vocational training.

“I’m not in favor of changing the requirement for Algebra Two,” he says.  “I’m in favor of making it as tangible as possible for people.”

There is a bill before the Legislature that would allow students to skip Algebra Two if the same principles are taught as part of a vocational education program. The Legislature just approved funding for the Common Core curriculum standards that require students to complete some version of Algebra Two.