Governor Signs Bill Requiring More High School Math, Science
By Shawn Johnson
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 11:37am
Wisconsin students will soon have to take more math and science courses before they can graduate high school under a bill signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Scott Walker.
Right now, students are required to take two years of math and two years of science before they can graduate. Under this new law, students will have to take three years of each. Walker signed the bill at SOLOMO Technology, a Madison-based information technology company.
SOLOMO CEO Liz Eversol said they rely on people well-versed in technology.
“A strong math and science education is critical to a career path, and it's really critical to the success of our Wisconsin companies,” she said.
The plan would give schools some flexibility on how they meet the three-year requirement. A student who takes a computer science course would be granted one math credit. They don't get that credit right now, which Walker said doesn't make a lot of sense.
“In many ways, some of the computer science courses that are offered or could be offered in our high school environments are just as relevant if not more so than some of the math and science courses they'd be taking for requirements to graduate.” he said.
The new law would also grant math or science credits to students who've taken multiple technical education courses.
The plan passed the state Assembly and Senate on bipartisan voice votes. It won't take effect until the 2016-2017 school year.