At a Capitol news conference, the governor proposed requiring middle schoolers to earn 12 credits to enter high school.
Struggling students will be offered intensive summer programs.
High school students who want to go right into the workforce after graduation would be offered a new job skills certification program.
“In a lot of places, high school is about lowering everything down to the lowest common denominator. What we need to do is to have lofty expectations, recognize that all students are different, their dreams are different, and then create an education system around them so that more and more students participate and are successful,” explains Gov. Bush.
The governor is calling it his A++ Plan. The reform measures will be taken up by the Legislature this spring.