CONCORD -- The Mt. Diablo school board on Wednesday voted unanimously to phase in increased graduation requirements over the next few years, reversing a decision more than three years ago that reduced the requirements from 220 to 200 units.

Current seniors will not be affected by the new requirements and will be able to graduate with 200 units. Current juniors will need 210 units including an additional math or elective course to graduate.

By 2015-16, the requirements will be completely reinstated, with current sophomores and freshmen required to take 220 units to graduate, including one math course and one elective.

Although the board originally reduced the requirements to save money by eliminating summer school, trustees did not agree to bring back summer school with the tougher requirements.

This story will be updated Thursday.



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