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11.20.06

State Increasing Math -Science Requirements

Today's decision requiring Texas students to complete more math and science classes could produce better educated graduates.
   But it's also posing challenges for school districts across the state. 

   Newschannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains how the Amarillo Independent School District will work through them. 
  

Starting with next year's freshmen, high school students must complete four years of math and science classes.  That means more teachers and more space is needed, and AISD is working to figure out how they can accomodate that.

"How we will find the teachers will be a challenge, we hope the state will help supply them," says Rod Schroder, Superintendent of AISD.

Schroder says districts across the state will be competing for these teachers. He says AISD may have to recruit instructors from out of state, or get professionals to get alternative certification to fill the needed spots.
  

As far as space goes, two labs will have to be built at each high school to accommodate the 4th year math and science classes.
  

Students and parents we spoke with have mixed feelings about the change. 
"Everyone needs the basics, I think it would be beneficial to them," says Kelly Goode, mother of a high school freshman. "I don't want a career in math or science, I want to be a history teacher, so an extra year of math is a waste of time for me," says Eric Baur, a sophomore at Tascosa High.
  

Despite those opinions, Schroder says once the law is implemented, schools have to find a way to deal with it. "There are challenges, as will any good idea the devil is in the detail and trying to implement it takes time," says Schroder.

With parent approval students can opt out of the 4 year math and science requirement...but school officials hope they will step up to the higher level of education the state is trying to impose.

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