RI school officials weigh new graduation requirements

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tomorrow, the state Board of Regents for Elementary School and Secondary Education holds its monthly meeting. The troubled situation at Central Falls High School is on the minds of Board Members but one item on the agenda will affect every student in Rhode Island: a proposal to change the requirements for receiving a high school diploma. I spoke to Board Chairman Robert Flanders about the plan, which breaks from an initial proposal requiring all students score partially proficient or better on state tests to graduate. Flanders says the purpose behind a statewide requirement is to prepare students for life after graduation.

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