Graduation project elimination bill sent to NC gov

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Legislature has agreed to eliminate a requirement that all high school students in North Carolina complete a graduation project to get a diploma.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the measure that would stop the projects from being a statewide prerequisite for graduation. The House approved it two weeks ago. It now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue for her signature.

The statewide requirement had been slated to take effect in 2012.

Seniors already complete the projects in some school districts.

The bill gives districts the option to require the projects.

Researchers for a watchdog panel said they found no evidence the projects improve student education and would cost more than $6 million to carry out.

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