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Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:48 am, Wed Apr 4, 2012.

It's not yet official, but the Lodi Unified School District Board of Trustees are enthusiastic about a measure to widen student course options on the road to high school graduation.

Currently, high schoolers are required to complete one year of a visual or performing arts class or one year of a foreign language to graduate. Assembly Bill 1330 allows school districts the opportunity to amend that list of options to include an approved career and technical education course.

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  • Sergio Cuellar posted at 9:57 am on Thu, Apr 5, 2012.

    Sergio Cuellar Posts: 1

    All this is going to do is pushout students with a degree! Lets be real honest! Subsituting a career technical course for a foreign language or Performing arts course WILL NOT PREPARE A STUDENT FOR A WELL PAYING JOB OR CAREER. What it will do is take the student out of the running to go to a 4 year university. In a district where current ed reports show that only 34% of those graduating district wide are prepared to go to college, this change would guarantee that number drop lower, below the state average. For Latinos and African American Students who are currently at 25% graduating college ready we can see even lower numbers.. It is not enough for Schools and Districts to just graduate students, we need to prepare the for BOTH College and Carreer and give students real options upon graduation. This situation will only create a Neither Nor Situation. Meaning students will be pushed out prepared for NEITHER college NOR career! If we want real job experience and preparation for College as we should be doing for all students, we need to look at linked learning models, which incorporate College Preparation with real Career Training! Here is a report that talks about that if folks want to learn more: http://www.afabc.org/What-we-do/Education/Secondary-Education/College---Career-Readiness-(MP).aspx

    And here is a link to the Ed-Data reporting i quoted above: http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/DistGrad.asp?cSelect=39685850101956--Aspire+Benjamin+Holt+College+Preparatory+Academy&cChoice=DstGrdEth&cYear=2009-10&cLevel=District&cTopic=Graduates&myTimeFrame=S&submit1=Submit

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:17 pm on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I agree that it is a step in the right direction...but I disagree with Kim that the 3 R’s should be emphasized after 8th grade. I can imagine having an hour of two of academics, but real training developing job skills employers need and students enjoy would be far better and help them to earn a living after high school. Of course I am referring to the students who are not likely to attend a university after graduation.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:11 am on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Sounds like a step in the right direction. They shouldn't relax academic requirements such as reading writing and math, but more emphasis on some technical and vocational classes sounds like a very good idea.



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