Maintain ‘merit’ in state curriculum

Mar 23, 2017 by

More than a decade ago, the Legislature passed a robust set of graduation requirements for students. The Michigan Merit Curriculum made a diploma worth something, and while there have been growing pains, the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks for schools. The latest attempts to weaken the standards shouldn’t gain traction.

Every few years, lawmakers tackle the curriculum, with similar concerns brought to the forefront. The last major push was three years ago, and some of the proposed changes went into effect, including giving students more flexibility with foreign language requirements.

That’s far enough. Any additional tampering with the merit curriculum risks undercutting its strength.

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