District rides out rules ruckus

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NMPED > Confusion swirls around changes for graduation

By Tris DeRoma

A number of school districts in the state remain unclear regarding just what it takes for students to graduate from high school. A recent article in the Santa Fe New Mexican detailed how much of that had to do with repeated miscommunication with the New Mexico Public Education Department, as well as a confusing set of alternative requirements issued by the NMPED.

The confusion came to light at a recent meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee, where it was announced that the state’s school districts, in light of the confusion, would be able to create their own requirements — but just for this year’s seniors.

One of the new requirements is the addition of half a credit to the graduation requirements.

“We’ve traditionally required 24 credits to graduate, and now we will require 24 and a half credits to graduate, starting with this year’s freshman class,” Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said of the changes.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Gerry Washburn said they’ve added the half credit to their elective courses,

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