Time to implement Ohio’s school rules

Once again, Ohio legislators have failed to make up that incomplete grade in School Reform 1. Sooner or later, Buckeye State residents are going to decide it ought to be changed to an F.

In 2014, state leaders decided it was time to ensure diplomas granted to high school graduates reflect a rigorous preparation for higher education or careers. So they toughened graduation requirements.

A public outcry resulted, as many students — and their voting parents — decided strict graduation standards were unfair. So legislators backed away, putting in place a variety of alternatives high school seniors could use to avoid complying with the 2014 standards. Among the options are special projects, making high grades in senior-level classes and meeting attendance requirements.

In 2018, the General Assembly had an opportunity to put the more realistic graduation requirements into effect for next year. You guessed it: According to the Columbus Dispatch, lawmakers decided to keep the “temporary” rules in place.

Some object that the new standards would mean more young Ohioans leaving school without diplomas. But which is a greater disservice — that or telling colleges and employers high school graduation does not mean as much as it should?

The new rules should be implemented for the 2020 graduating class.


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