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Reshaping Graduation Requirements 

The Maine Legislature Education Committee expects to vote this week on a bill to reshape Maine’s high school graduation requirements and give students more of a choice in what they study.The state-backed legislation won praise from technical school officials and business leaders, but arts, language and physical education teachers said the measure represents a step backward.Under the proposal, students would have to meet standards in English, math, science and social studies. They also would choose to meet standards in one of four other subject areas: arts, health, world languages, or a career certification.Students would partially meet standards in the remaining subject areas in order to graduate.