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      Students have option to cut Algebra II under new legislation

      Under the bills, students wouldn't have to take Algebra II if they take a career and technical education class, but it must also include algebra II content.

      A Michigan House panel has approved changes to the state's high school graduation requirements.

      The legislation was approved by the House Education Committee on Tuesday. Under the bills, students wouldn't have to take Algebra II if they take a career and technical education class, but it must also include algebra II content.

      Some students also could opt out of the foreign language requirement.

      Lawmakers originally proposed that students be able to replace algebra II with statistics or other career and technical education classes. The original bills also completely removed foreign language requirements.

      Republican Rep. Ed McBroom of Vulcan says the changed legislation shows the importance of foreign languages while still allowing some curriculum flexibility.

      House Bills 4465 and 4466 now head to the House floor.