Expanding K-12 diploma tracks is sensible move
Research shows kids are unique, imbued with distinctive talents, interests and learning styles.
Legg's plan would replace certain higher-level STEM requirements with similarly rigorous industry-certification courses. Likewise, a House plan would exempt noncollege-bound students from geometry and certain end-of-course exams on the way to one of three diploma "pathways."
The proposals have rated thumbs up from Central Florida school officials. Carving out alternative graduate paths, they say, is a matter of fairness.
Agreed. Still, lawmakers must ensure that in laying new tracks for the vocationally inclined, they don't erode rigorous requirements for future collegians.
And though Legg's proposal, for instance, would leave it to high-school freshmen to choose their paths toward diplomas, lawmakers must ensure that a sensible option doesn't stray into resegregation of sorts. Research shows grouping students into noncollege tracks disproportionately disadvantages low-income and minority kids. They're often directed into lower tracks — and saddled with lower expectations.