- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state took one step toward a more rigorous diploma on Wednesday when the state House approved a bill that would require 24 credits to graduate, starting with the class of 2019.

Senate Bill 6552 passed the House on a 93-5 vote Wednesday and heads back to the Senate for a concurrence vote before the legislative session ends Thursday. The current statewide minimum is 20 credits. The measure also would begin the process to help students earn more graduation credits for career and technical classes.

The idea for a 24-credit diploma was developed by the State Board of Education.

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