L.I.S.D. changes graduation requirements - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/28/10

L.I.S.D. changes graduation requirements

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Starting with the class of 2014, Lubbock Independent School District students will not have to take some of the staple courses you're used to seeing. After much discussion, L.I.S.D. decided to change their graduation requirements to match the recently changed state requirements.

The changes dropped the previously required semester Health course and a year of Technology Application. They also lowered the Physical Education requirement from three semesters to two.

"The number of credits needed for a recommended transcript, 26, hasn't changed at all. They just dropped some required courses and replaced them with electives," said L.I.S.D. Director of Guidance and Counseling, Larry Hess. They hope this will give students more flexibility to take career oriented courses that interest them.

Eileen Cowart's son will start high school next year, and she has mixed feelings about the changes. "I think it's a good thing because electives allow them to do things that they want to do for the future, but at the same time health is very important.  Exercise is very important," she said. 

L.I.S.D. feels students will still receive the education they need through their other classes. "Most kids, even in grade school, are learning and having access to computer courses. It's really now been folded into the curriculum," said Hess. 

Parents can continue that education at home. "I'd like for him to do what he wants to do, and then we can work on the exercise after. I do that with him anyway. That's something you can get at home if parents do it," said Cowart. 

L.I.S.D. will still offer the Health, P.E., and Technology courses for students to take as electives, they just won't require them anymore. 

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