Alabama School Board Mulls Changes to State's Grad Requirements

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Members of the state board of education expressed early support for proposed changes to strengthen Alabama's graduation requirements while also trying to help weaker students earn diplomas on time.

Under the new proposals, the state's regular diploma would require more years of math, science and foreign language.

The new requirements would be the same as those for the current Advanced Diploma, which would also be strengthened.

Nearly all students would also need to take at least one online course before graduating.

State Superintendent Joe Morton says the proposals give schools more options for students to graduate and ensures their coursework will be rigorous.

Thursday was the second time the board talked over the proposed changes and members said they need input from local school superintendents and at least two more discussion sessions before making any concrete decisions.

Alabama's graduation rules were last changed in 1995. The class of 2013 would be the first to graduate under the new rules if they're approved.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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