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Some schools in state now requiring more math and science

Some Wisconsin schools have raised their graduation requirements for science and math, following a proposed statewide proposal that never went anywhere.

It was almost four years ago when Gov. Jim Doyle urged lawmakers to take part in a national program called STEM.

It focuses on science, technology, engineering and math so the United States can keep up with the economic booms in China and India.

Oconomowoc, Greenfield and Germantown are among the schools that now require three years of math and science to graduate. Milwaukee is looking at doing the same.

Eighty-five percent of Oconomowoc students were already meeting its three-year mandate before it took effect this fall. But some districts balked, saying it would take extra staff and more money.

Oak Creek-Franklin Superintendent Sara Larsen said her officials worried about kids being left behind if they're not planning on college and are not good at math.

For those kids, she said an extra year of math might take away from something they need for their particular futures.