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House OKs bill to change graduation requirements

In this file photo, Luke Jaramillo, a junior at Santa Fe High School, participates in a hybrid learning system that was launched after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration cleared the way for students to return to classrooms. State legislators are weighing whether to revise graduation requirements. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE — New Mexico would make its high school graduation requirements more flexible under legislation that passed the House this week.

The proposal, House Bill 83, won approval 66-1 and now heads to the Senate.

It would remove a requirement that high school students take a college class for dual credit or an Advanced Placement or honors course.

More broadly, the measure builds in flexibility for completing math and English requirements.

Students would still need four credits in the subjects, but they could opt to take journalism, statistics or similar classes to fulfill some of the requirements. Algebra 2, for example, wouldn’t be required.

Rep. G. Andrés Romero, an Albuquerque Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill, said the measure would add flexibility, allowing districts and students to decide for themselves what classes are best.

“These are bare requirements,” he said. “Districts can make things more stringent.”

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