The Gilbert Unified School District’s governing board has approved increasing the number of math and science credits needed for next year’s high school freshmen to graduate.
The move comes as the district wants to get a jump-start on hiring qualified teachers, as the Arizona Department of Education is expected to require the extra credits in the next couple of years.
The board approved the changes at a Tuesday night board meeting, with the stipulation that the policy needs to be rewritten to make more sense. Board president Thad Stump asked the board to review the current policy and offer suggestions for improvement.
Board member Helen Hollands voted against approving the additions to the policy because she said the policy overall is “hard” to understand. She made several suggestions at the meeting on how it can be rewritten.
The changes would require next year’s freshmen to add a credit each of math and science in order to graduate. Students are currently required by the state to take two credits each of math and science.
The Department of Education is expected to vote in December on new graduation requirements.