POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 5:07pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:14am
TEXAS-Your high schooler is getting a chance to be a bit more choosey when it comes to their education. But some are wondering if this is a smart move.
With this new found freedom, high school students may be able to load up on athletics, band and physical education classes to meet graduation requirements. And This new found freedom is causing some parents to cringe.
It all started when lawmakers passed a law in May that increased the number of electives that most high school students can take.
This new found freedom comes with very few restrictions. So in theory, officials say it now appears there is no restrictions to prevent a student from taking seven credits in physical education classes. These new requirements come as part of a massive school accountability bill. Officials say the new rules were intended to give students more course options in preparing for college or the job market.
Though some lawmakers aren't worried that a large number of students will follow the path. But Chapel Hill ISD's Superintendent says they're taking matters into their own hands.
"We're going to take a resolution to our school board to remain on track with our requirements," Chapel Hill ISD Superintendent, Joe Stubblefield, said.
Their requirements still meet these new state guidelines and even beyond, he said.
The state making health classes no longer mandatory came with mixed emotions from parents.
"If the schools not going to teach it, some has to teach them," one parent said.
State Board of Education members are expected to discuss the new course requirements this week, including whether to place limits on the number of P.E. Credits a student can count toward graduation.