Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday defended his administration’s push to enact sweeping new standards for the state’s high school graduation rate, calling it an opportunity to make students’ lives better.
Snyder told the Associated Press that he thinks the state can still have a high graduation rate without “any sort of sweeping reforms.”
But he said he is “very confident” in his administration being able to “make a difference” on this issue in the next couple of years.
“I think we’re very, very confident that we can be able to have a very high graduation rates in our state,” he said.
“That’s the opportunity that we’ve got to make a difference.
But right now, there’s no consensus on what those reforms are.
I think we’ll see where it ends up.”
The Associated Press reported Monday that the state is proposing new standards that would require students to complete a rigorous curriculum before they can enter the college-level courses required to graduate.
Under the proposal, which has been in the works for more than a year, schools could use state funding to cover costs of textbooks and other materials, which could be offset by lower tuition costs for students.
The Associated Public Press reached out to several of Michigan’s school districts, including Detroit-Dearborn and Wayne, but they declined to comment.
The Associated Press has reported that many schools have not even started enrolling students for the spring semester.