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FL Considers Different High School Diplomas for Students With Varying Goals

Students could pick the path they prefer

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TALLAHASSEE—What if high school were less like an assembly line and more like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel?

State lawmakers are considering a proposal that would let students pick from three different diploma designations, each with its own set of graduation requirements. One would be designed for students planning to go directly into the workforce. College-bound teenagers would have their own pathway, as would high-achievers with post-graduate studies in mind.

Superintendents say the move would keep students engaged in their studies, and provide them with the technical training they need for high-demand jobs.

But critics consider the proposal a blatant effort to water down the state graduation requirements.