Georgia BOE unanimously approves new graduation requirements

September 13, 2007

The Georgia State Board of Education unanimously approved a new plan that does away with the state's two-track high school program and requires next year's freshmen to take more math and science classes.

Under the new plan, there will no longer be separate tracks for students focusing on job skills versus students who plan to go to college. All students will take four years of math and science.

Currently, students are only required to take three years of science, and students on vocational tracks must only take three years of math.

State officials hope more classes will lead to higher graduation rates and more students going to college.

Some educators are worried these requirements will hurt the already lagging graduation rate. Also a concern is the removal of language and fine arts classes.

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