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      Governor Snyder changes Michigan high school graduation requirements

      Gov. Rick Snyder has signed changes in Michigan's high school graduation requirements affecting math, foreign language, and health and physical education classes.

      LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed changes in Michigan's high school graduation requirements affecting math, foreign language, and health and physical education classes.

      Two laws signed Wednesday rewrite a provision that gives students flexibility to meet the algebra II credit by taking welding or another career and technical education class. Snyder says the goal is giving K-12 districts more flexibility to weave algebra II into career tech programs while maintaining the "necessary rigor."

      Michigan requires students to complete two years of a foreign language in high school. Now students can also meet the requirement in grades K-8.

      Students who now need one year of health and physical education will get some flexibility. They can take a half-credit of health and count extracurricular activities to meet a half-credit requirement in gym.