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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