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Some Kansas Education Officials Seek Change in High School Graduation Requirements

WICHITA, Kan. (KNS) – Some high-ranking Kansas education officials want to shift high school graduation requirements to focus more on what will make students better future employees. A task force reviewing graduation requirements says employability and life skills should count more heavily toward a diploma than some more traditional subjects. 

The plan would also add financial literacy and reduce the number of required art classes. 

Melanie Haas is a member of the state board of education. She wants to know more before she decides whether to support the idea. “How many art teachers are we going to lose if we cut back to a half-credit? How many districts are no longer going to offer art? Is it going to go online? What does that look like?,” she said. 

The task force says schools should count other types of learning toward graduation, like apprenticeships or college prep test scores. 

The state board could vote on the plan later this year.