Rep Griffin bill to update 21st Century education standards

first_img03Mar Rep. Griffin bill to update 21st Century education standards Categories: Griffin News,News State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan is helping set the table for all Michigan students’ futures as part of a four-bill package to update state high school graduation standards.Griffin’s legislation specifically requires students complete at least three courses in 21st Century Skills including foreign language, visual or performing arts, computer science or coding, or a formal career/technical education (CTE) program in order to graduate.“This is a great step towards helping prepare kids for today and their future,” said Griffin, a former teacher at Parchment Middle School. “This bill package gives students better choices and options to prepare for life after high school. It’s crucial to help match educational opportunities with which careers and jobs are out there today versus 20 years ago.”The merit education package will also:Allow the foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a CTE program or visual/performing arts course.Allow completion of a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.“As a teacher, it makes me feel good to know the classes students could be taking may lead directly to a future career,” Griffin said. “As a former county commissioner and educator, I’ve talked to a lot of employers who say ‘we’ve got jobs but we can’t find employees with the job skills we need.’ This a great step forward for students, families and our community.”#####last_img

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