Major reform of high school curriculum approved


In a bipartisan vote, the Michigan House today approved a sweeping reform of the Michigan Merit Curriculum to give high school students more flexibility to take vocational and technical classes.

State Rep. Peter Pettalia co-sponsored the two measures, House Bills 4465 and 4466, which allow students to fulfill the Algebra II and foreign language requirement by completing a department-approved formal career and technical education program or curriculum.

“I’m a product of high school career vocational training so I can speak firsthand of the value allowing our students that education option provides,” said Pettalia, R-Presque Isle. “Tomorrow’s leaders need the flexibility to pursue their interests as well as begin building on their aptitudes in preparation for entering adulthood and whatever career path that may take for them.”

Pettalia said local school boards will have the final say in what curriculum is offered.

HBs 4465-66 now go to the Senate for consideration.