The US Supreme Court’s decision striking down part of the federal Voting Rights Act lifts a requirement that the state and two Michigan municipalities check with the Justice Department on their election plans.
Bills to change graduation requirements for Michigan’s high school students have cleared the state House.
Critics of the Michigan Merit Curriculum say it doesn’t offer students enough flexibility.
The bills would loosen math, foreign language, and physical education requirements. Supporters say they would also make it easier for students to design graduation plans tailored to their individual goals.
Bill sponsor Ed McBroom says the changes would promote careers in high-demand skilled trades.