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LAUSD Looks To Raise The Bar For Graduating Seniors

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District were considering a plan on Wednesday that would require all students to take advanced courses and earn at least a "C" in order to graduate.

The proposal is part of the district's effort to make every LAUSD graduate meet the minimum standards for admission to University of California and Cal State University Systems.

The change would require students graduating in 2016 to pass a third year of math and two years of foreign language courses. With these changes, the district would no longer require the currently mandated health and applied technology courses.

"These changes would match LAUSD standards to the UC standards ensuring that our students are college prepared," a district spokesperson said through Facebook.

To help students meet the tougher new standards, the district is proposing to shrink the graduation requirement from 230 to 170 units and making electives optional, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. This would allow students to repeat classes or get tutoring during the school day.

If approved, this new curriculum would be implemented this fall.

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