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      Zais calls for flexibility in high school courses

      Superintendent Mick Zais says South Carolina high school students who don't plan to go to college should be able to choose more practical courses than algebra II, English literature and other classes not perceived as relevant to their life beyond the classroom.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Superintendent Mick Zais says South Carolina high school students who don't plan to go to college should be able to choose more practical courses than algebra II, English literature and other classes not perceived as relevant to their life beyond the classroom.

      Zais says his priorities for his remaining year in office include advocating for greater flexibility in the high school curriculum, with a focus on critical writing, statistics and personal finance.

      Zais wants the state to revamp what he calls a one-size-fits-all curriculum that expects students to take four years of English literature and a math sequence of algebra I, geometry, algebra II and pre-calculus.

      Other educators counter that South Carolina's problem is that not enough students are pursuing a four-year degree.