In his veto message, Sandoval explained:
"Although this bill may allow more students to graduate from high school, it represents diminished expectations for our students and lower standards for obtaining a high school diploma in Nevada. In my State of the State address, I said that our education system emphasizes too many of the wrong things. AB456 is another example of this paradigm and would send the wrong message to our students. I am committed to improving our education system and enhancing student achievement. Because this bill provides a way to hide or ignore a student's achievement problems rather than fix it, I veto it."
I still baffle as to how any lawmaker can defend voting for this and still claim to be concerned about education.