Planning for College, to Finish High School

What if you had to apply to college just to graduate from high school? Some legislators in Oregon are working on a bill to make that happen.

According to an article by Kimberly Melton in The Oregonian:

House Bill 2732 would add one more item to the state’s graduation requirements — proof that students are thinking seriously about the future and job opportunities.

They would demonstrate that by doing one of three things: applying to a higher education institution such as a community college or university, submitting an application to enlist in the military or attending an orientation session for an apprenticeship or training program.

The bill passed 33 to 26. About two-thirds of Democrats voted for the bill.

Some, however, were vocal opponents. Rep. Mike Schaufler, D-Happy Valley, called the bill “horrible.” He said that “this is not about education. It’s just one more piece of paper. It’s one more hoop we’re making people jump through to get the diploma they have already earned.”

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer