Parents and educators discuss ways to revamp diplomas

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 5:53pm

Getting a High School degree these days is getting more and more complicated, but the state's top education official is looking to streamline the process for your students.

Mother and teacher Deborah Anderson knows all about the hoops kids have to jump through just to get a degree these days.

"We're asking these children in 8th grade to make up their minds about what they want to be trained in," said Anderson.

And top education officials agree, having three different routes to get your high school degree is just too many.

"It shouldn't take a degree in Astro-physics to figure out how you graduate from high school. We should have one diploma. That diploma can have different pathways based on your interests but we should have one diploma, let’s make this simple for our parents and our counselors," said state Superintendent John White.

So they have started looking at requiring just one degree, for all students. One that stays focused on preparing students for the real world.

"If they don't have a concrete next step in the world of work. If they don't have a job, if they're not prepared for a job than we've done them a disservice and that's what this is all about," added White.

Superintendent White said for now, they're just starting the brainstorming process. A plan would need to be approved by BESE and possibly legislators, the Department of Education hopes to start handing out these diplomas in the upcoming years.


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