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Algebra II, speech courses may no longer be required for high school graduation
By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- The Texas State Board of Education is considering a plan that would not include Algebra II or speech as requirements to graduate high school during the 2014-2015 school year.
The board is in the process of trying to decide which classes to include in the mandated requirements under the recently passed House Bill 5.
Local school administrators aren't too fond of the idea.
Canutillo Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz told KFOX14, "We believe that the state graduation standards should be altered, not to be watered down -- like the decision to eliminate Algebra II has done -- but rather to better prepare our students for life after high school. We want all graduates to be college ready. We have no doubt that this includes taking Algebra II."
Ysleta Teacher's Association President Arlinda Valencia believes every school district should make its own choice, and that students should have a say in it.
"If a student isn't very good at math, I'm sure they'll be thrilled to not have to take Algebra II. If a student is not very good at speaking in public, then they're probably happy speech is being taken out," Valencia said. "If they take away those courses, that's basically going to the bare basics. You have to consider, is that good for the student, or is that going to hurt them in the long run?"
KFOX14 spoke with local high school students to get their opinions on the possible changes.
Antonio Macias, a freshman at Jefferson High School, told KFOX14 speech classes have been instrumental in his social development.
"Speech helps you a lot to talk in front of crowds," Macias said. "It will definitely affect us if it's gone."
Macias said he isn't concerned with Algebra II possibly being dropped as a requirement, because he feels geometry and other math classes can take its place.
According to the El Paso Times, a 30-day public comment period will open up in December, and a vote to finalize the proposal will be held in January.