In an effort to bring Michigan's high school graduation requirements into the 21st century, the Michigan State legislature signed into law new requirements that students complete online courses, according to a press release from Michigan Virtual University. This new legislation gives a nod to Michigan schools in recognizing the importance of virtual learning in public schools.
"Our online learning requirement makes Michigan a leader among all the states in using the power of the Internet to create learning opportunities in the classroom, the home and the workplace. In a world that demands life long learning, we are giving our students and our state a competitive advantage when it comes to landing the good-paying jobs of the 21st Century economy," Governor Granholm said.
The new legislation is to be implemented by the 2007 school year, requires students to have an online learning experience as a class or folded into the required 16 credits of the Michigan Merit Curriculum. The Merit Curriculum includes credits from language arts, science, social studies, foreign laguage, P.E., health and art.