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December 18, 2002

Change of course

From: Katy Sun - 18 Dec 2002

Low enrollment, state requirements cause Katy school district to change course offerings

By: Candace Bush, Staff

New graduation requirements mandated by the state and recent low enrollment in some Katy ISD classes are causing the district to change its offerings.

At the Katy ISD board meeting Monday evening, members voted unanimously to approve two new "innovative" course proposals.

"Exploring Educational Careers" is an internship-based class for eleventh and twelfth graders looking to prepare for a career in education. This class will grant credit to students for mentoring and working with elementary students and will replace the Educational Internship offered at the present time.

Katy ISD also is proposing "Diversified Career Preparation." This class grants credit to twelfth graders who take the course and work half days at a variety of areas such as hospitals, mechanics or businesses.

The board is sending the two new course proposals to the Texas Education Agency in order for them to be approved for state credit for graduation before being placed in the course catalog.

Katy ISD also is deleting and adding a few new courses to the catalog for next year.

In the high schools, American Sign Language will count as a state-approved graduation requirement for foreign language.

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