I wrote that there were going to be 4 mandatory science courses to be taken for graduation. That is wrong.
The SPS graduation requirement is TWO science credits. One of them, by state law, has to be a lab science.
The 4 courses that the district says will meet that requirement after the science alignment are physical science, biology, chemistry and physics.
The issue still remains that many SPS high schools have other science courses that are popula and valid science courses. These include some from the 10-year program of Biotech at Ballard High School.
The idea that all these other science courses (save AP and IB courses) will have to go thru a process to validate them to replace one of the four current possibilities is troubling. It's troubling because if you read the narrative, you see that it looks like roadblocks are being thrown up by the district to validate any course. Why could they not have a clear process for validation for any and all science courses?
My apologies for the confusion.