The state Senate has approved a bill to overhaul graduation requirements, including to increase credits from 20 to 25, and the bill is now headed to the House. Danbury state Representative Michael Ferguson, an adjunct professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College, says a lack of funding makes implementation of the requirements unrealistic.
He says the educational advancements behind the Race to the Top program were well-intended, but without proper state funding it would further stress school districts finances.
The changes to graduation requirements were ordered as part of a broad ruling by a judge in a funding fairness lawsuit. That suit is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.