Graduation requirements locked in by Senate bill

February 15, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to provide more certainty to high school students about their graduation [auth] requirements.

The measure by Democratic Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces would prevent graduation requirements from changing for students once they enter the 9th grade.

The legislation was prompted by a Public Education Department decision to no longer allow marching band, athletics and some other classes meet a physical education requirement for high school students.

That policy won’t be imposed on this year’s graduating class but will apply to freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

The legislation cleared the Senate unanimously on Saturday and now goes to the House.

The proposal would apply to all graduation requirements, not just physical education. Cervantes said the measure prevents a “rules change in the middle of the game.”

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