Governor Jerry Brown recently announced his proposed education budget and cuts.
In the budget, he recommended eliminating one year of science, knocking down the high school graduation requirement from two to a single year of the subject.
Brown said in a press release that the proposed cut of science from two to one year would allow school districts more flexibility to spend the funding they receive.
“With regards to what Governor Brown is proposing, it is beyond my thought process to understand how any of the politicians in Sacramento rationalize their views,” said Tim Azevedo, superintendent for the Anderson Union High School District.
Pat Allison, principal of Anderson New Technology, said the district is looking into adding a third year of science as a graduation requirement.
“Each year as an administrative team we review all of our requirements and offerings and discuss several of them,” explained Azevedo. “The core classes are the ones that get looked at the most, so that we can do everything in our power to best prepare our students.”
Azevedo said there was “a short discussion” about science, but “it is in the infancy stages” and no changes would be made for the 2012-2013 school year.
“The sciences, particularly the lab sciences, are pivotal classes for success in college — we are just evaluating if we are offering the most productive sequence of courses for our kids,” Azevedo said. “This discussion takes place regarding various subjects on a constant basis.”
For now, educators are stuck waiting until the revised California state budget is released in May to see which proposed cuts will be kept in order to balance the budget.