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Summer school for juniors and seniors in MDUSD

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 6:58 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

By Theresa Harrington
The Mt. Diablo school board has agreed to reduce summer school due to budget cuts.
Beginning this summer, only juniors and seniors who have failed classes that will prevent them from meeting graduation requirements will be able to attend summer school. Sophomores who are significantly behind in credits will be placed on a priority waiting list.
The district expects to save approximately $400,000 by reducing summer school, which is equivalent to laying off one teacher at each of the district’s six comprehensive high schools. This decision is expected to help high schools retain AP classes with fewer than 28 students. However, the board continues to require minimum enrollment of 20 students.
The board was able to reduce summer school by cutting the number of credits required to graduate from 220 to 200. Trustees also reduced the math requirement from three years or 30 units to two years or 20 units. District officials anticipate fewer students will need to take summer school to make up credits, based on these reductions.
Some teachers, administrators and trustees opposed the reduced graduation requirements, saying the district appears to be lowering its standards. But trustees who voted in favor of the plan said students can still take three or four years of math, if they wish.
What do you think about the change? More information is in the March 9 board meeting agenda packet at http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=2260&mtgId=264.

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