New Jersey education officials are working on an ambitious redesign of the state's public high schools that is intended to better prepare students for college and the work force in the 21st century, reports the New York Times. The redesign had called for every student to study algebra II, lab sciences, and foreign languages; pass more state tests; and complete at least one online course to graduate. But education officials recently backed away from the online requirement because of concerns over the cost and whether such courses would meet state standards. In 2006, Michigan began requiring high school students to


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