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Wisconsin high schoolers must take more math, science classes

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin high school students will have to take more math and science courses under a bill signed by Governor Scott Walker Wednesday.  

He said it would help students get better prepared for computer science careers. The Republican Walker signed the bill at a Madison technology firm during national Computer Science Education Week.

The new law requires high school youngsters to take three credits each of math-and-science instead of the current two. Computer science classes will count as math credits for the first time, and agricultural science will count as science credits.  

Also, schools will get more flexibility in granting math and science credits to students who are in technical education and career programs.  

The measure is designed to put Wisconsin's requirements more in line with its neighbors. State public school superintendent Tony Evers calls it an "important step forward" to help students graduate from college and become ready for careers.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)