- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey education officials and the American Civil Liberties Union have settled a lawsuit over the state’s graduation requirements for high school students.

The deal made public Friday keeps the current requirements in effect. But proponents say the deal provides students with more options and protections.

The lawsuit filed by the group and the Education Law Center challenged the requirements included in a memo sent to school districts in 2014. They claimed the agency didn’t follow state law, which requires public notice about such changes and the opportunity to provide comment.

New Jersey students have had to pass a standardized test to graduate since the 1981-82 school year. But the state introduced new exams during the last school year and stopped administering the old graduation test.

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