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February 3, 2009
Ohio students would have to work harder and longer to graduate from high school under Gov. Ted Strickland's ambitious new plan to improve public schools. The governor said last week in his State of the State address that he wants all high school students to take end-of-course examinations, write a senior thesis, and participate in a service-learning project before graduation. He would also require every junior to take the ACT test, although students would not need to earn a certain score for a diploma.
In addition to seeking tougher graduation requirements, Strickland's education plan calls for improved assessments for elementary and middle school students, a residency program for new teachers, and better tracking of how schools spend money. If that's not asking enough, he also wants to add 20 days to the school year, which would make Ohio's the longest school year in the country.