Last spring, the Washington State Legislature voted to raise the number of credits that students must earn to graduate from high school from 20 to 24. The bill passed by a large majority, and the change will go into effect for the class of 2019.
But in the last few months, debate over one part of that bill has risen as sharply as this week’s temperatures.
The law says school districts can waive up to two of the 24 credits in “unusual circumstances,” a term that each school district would define for itself.
So far, so good.
The argument centers on which credits could be waived. While some argue that school districts should be able to decide that, too, others contend that 17 “core” credits — mostly in math, English, science and social studies — should be off-limits.More