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      State Legislature approves bill to enhance high school curriculum

      High school students will now have the opportunity to explore education options. The State Legislature has approved enhancing the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

      This expands high school graduation credit requirements to include vocational education in exchange for some of the traditional classes. Now, courses such as Agri-Science and Anatomy will count as science credits. Also, school sports and some extracurricular activities may meet physical education requirements.

      "I wanted students who have a passion for a desire or just a passing interest to have some ability to reach out and explore those opportunities that lead to real careers across the Upper Peninsula," says State Representative Ed McBroom.

      McBroom along with Senator Tom Casperson have been working since early last year to get the bill passed.