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Ohio High School Graduation Requirements Change Again With New State Budget

Karen Kasler
Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s high school graduation requirements are changing, with a new set of recommendations for incoming freshmen made by a group of businesses, a charter schools organization and some public schools.

The law also allows the state to take over academically distressed school districts was put on hold. Both of those provisions are in the new two-year state budget approved by lawmakers.

The minimum course credits that graduating high school students must complete, requires students to demonstrate competency in algebra and English, and mandates that students earn at least two “diploma seals,” which they can get through high test scores or community service.

The new requirements replace stricter decade old standards that have not been fully implemented because of fears too many students would not be able to graduate.

The bill puts a one-year moratorium on the state’s controversial takeovers of academically failing school districts like it has in Youngstown, East Cleveland and Lorain.

Democrats, such as Rep. Jack Cera of Bellaire, wanted takeovers scrapped entirely.

“We’re still concerned about the academic distress schools. We’re still concerned about the three that are in there now,” Cera said.

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