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APS to contest state graduation changes

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Daily Press Staff Writer

The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education held a special open meeting Monday to discuss some of the issues with current graduation requirements between school districts and the Public Education Department (PED).

According to New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, the PED has made certain “flexibilities” available to students graduating in 2014 in the course areas of history and science. These “flexibilities” allow exemptions from End of Course Exams (EOCs) if the student has proved competency in the course by acquiring a passing grade. What Skandera calls “flexibilities,” however, APS Superintendent Dr. Crit Caton calls a means of being “unorganized.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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