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Public Education
Mixed message? States cut college degree requirements for hiring but mandate FAFSA applications for high schoolers

More states are eliminating college degree requirements for some government jobs, bringing the total to at least 16 states announcing such rollbacks since last year,… Read More

February 5, 2024
Public Education
Louisiana’s new Republican governor vetoes ed board’s attempt to lower high school graduation requirements

Just days after his inauguration, Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry issued an executive order, vetoing an attempt to circumvent high school academic standards. The order addresses the… Read More

January 15, 2024
Public Education
Louisiana legislative committee strikes down graduation proposal critics say was lowering bar

(The Center Square) – A policy approved by Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to allow students who failed state tests to graduate by other means was nixed by… Read More

October 27, 2023
Public Education
Oregon won’t require high school students to read, write or do math to graduate until 2028

The Oregon Board of Education has approved lower high school graduation standards through the school year 2027-28. In 2021, former Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill… Read More

October 26, 2023
Public Education
Oregon students can currently graduate high school without ‘essential skills.’ Top education officials want to keep it that way

The Oregon State Board of Education is considering an extension of lowered high school graduation requirements. The OSBE recently delayed a vote regarding the state’s controversial high school graduation requirements… Read More

October 9, 2023
Public Education
Louisiana superintendent opposes proposal to lower graduation standards

(The Center Square) – Opposition is mounting as Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education prepares for a final vote next week on a proposal to allow students who failed… Read More

October 6, 2023
Public Education
Louisiana graduation requirement rule change will receive a public hearing

(The Center Square) – A proposed rule that would allow Louisiana high school students who failed state tests to graduate by other means will receive a public hearing next week. Read More

August 21, 2023
Public Education
Higher graduation rates in Illinois don’t show full picture, critics say

(The Center Square) – Illinois saw its highest graduation rate in more than a decade last year, according to the Illinois Report Card. Yet critics are wondering if the state’s… Read More

June 28, 2023
Public Education
Critics blast attempt to lower Louisiana high school graduation standards

(The Center Square) – The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving ahead with plans to create waivers for high school graduation requirements critics believe will hurt students… Read More

June 26, 2023
Culture
High school valedictorian goes viral for speaking about her Christian faith in the wake of losing her mom

A South Carolina high school valedictorian’s speech has gone viral on social media after she dared to talk about her faith in God. At Woodmont High School’s commencement ceremony, Lydia… Read More

June 9, 2023
Culture
WWII vet finally walks graduation stage 80 years after earning degree

After 80 years of waiting, a WWII veteran walked across the stage to officially be handed the diploma he earned in 1943. Fred Taylor was a senior at Cornell College… Read More

May 26, 2023
Opinion, Public Education
Kansas Department of Education takes ‘another lap on the grade inflation tour’

(The Sentinel) – The Kansas Department of Education conducted a fifty-city “Kansans Can Success Tour” in 2021 that felt like high school pep rallies, with the announcement of record-setting… Read More

January 17, 2023
Public Education
Georgia’s graduation rate hits 84.1% as steady increase over past decade continues

(The Center Square) – Georgia public high schools recorded a graduation rate increase in 2022, continuing a steady uptick over the past decade. On Thursday, state officials said the 84.1%… Read More

October 7, 2022
Legislation
Kentucky celebrates high school grads moving to jobs, trades

(The Center Square) – Over the weekend, Louisville area high school students took part in a ceremony where they committed to working at area companies after graduation. The “signing day” event… Read More

May 24, 2022
Public Education
Pandemic policies lead to dropping high school graduation rates, reversing decades-long trend

High school graduation rates for the class of 2021 dropped in 20 out of 26 states examined in a recent education report. The… Read More

January 28, 2022