Only 3 years of High School?


POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 6:32pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 6:42pm

Periodically, we look at major changes to education, year round school being one of the most common.

But what about a three-year graduation plan for high school?

They’re about to try it in Big D.

Compulsory education began in the US 150 years ago, and the standard 12 years of primary education has been the norm for most of that time.

But could that become a thing of the past? What was on your mind in your senior year of high school? Was it academics or social concerns? Were you already in out-mode thinking about college coming up in the fall?

That’s part of the reasoning behind a pilot program in the Dallas Independent School District, the second largest in the state.
Legislation carried by a couple of Dallas lawmakers allows the school to set up the three-year degree plan and use the money saved for expanded pre-kindergarten classes.

DISD board member Mike Morath figures the 3-year plan might appeal to high performing students eager to get on with college, and those who want to move into more vocational training after getting the high school diploma.

Officials estimate it could take at least five years to know if it is a success.

And if it is, it will be up to the legislature to decide if it can be expanded to the rest of the state.

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