Looking to improve the level of rigor in high school classrooms and better prepare students for the realities of the modern workforce, Michigan lawmakers have approved a bill that requires every student in the state to take part in some form of online instruction before they graduate.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the requirement--part of a larger proposal designed to hold high schools across the state to a higher standard of learning--clears the way for other states to consider online competency as a prerequisite to graduation.

As news of the bill's passage circulated late last week,...

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