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PPS high schools to offer 8 classes to all students for 2013-14 school year

May 10, 2013
Superintendent Carole Smith announced today that the school district is lifting the current limitation on the number of classes that high school students can take. As a result of the 58 additional teaching positions reallocated to high schools for next year, PPS high schools will make 8 credit-bearing classes available to high school students in the 2013-14 school year.

For the 2012-13 school year, only special education and academic priority students were permitted to take 8 classes, following an arbitration ruling. PPS will observe student loads for high school teachers, as defined in the arbitration decision.

Superintendent Smith said, “We want to do everything we can to expand class options and learning opportunities for students, so students are well-prepared for their futures. We all recognize that it is important for teachers to have a manageable student load, for the benefit of both students and teachers. This step allows us to honor both priorities.”

High school students and families will receive information soon about how students can update their class schedules to include additional classes, if desired. As in the past, high schools cannot guarantee that students will be able to take their first choice for all 8 classes.

Many students may elect not to take 8 classes. The school district will be working to ensure that students who elect to register for a study hall have consistent and equitable learning support for the 2013-14 school year.

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