An Earth and space science class will be eliminated next year in the Chandler Unified School District.
But because several Basha High School students spoke out against the change, some of the concepts will remain in a new investigative science class geared for the upcoming Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards science test.
The district governing board made the compromise Wednesday night after the students pleaded with the board at the Dec. 7 meeting to keep the freshman class, saying it was integral.
Basha senior Chris Gast, who spoke to the board wearing a suit and tie, said he is "very impressed with the new course" and "understands we have to do this."
"However, I request that Earth and space science will not be forgotten," Gast said.
The governing board agreed that the class could be added in the future as a junior- or senior-level class.
The new science class will be required by freshmen beginning next fall. Students will have to take the science AIMS class in the spring of 2008, said Bev Merrill, the district’s director of secondary education.
The new class is tentatively titled Science Investigations: Energy, Matter, Organization, Earth and Space.
Jeff Hester, an Arizona State University science teacher, will help advise district staff with the new curriculum.
At Wednesday’s meeting Hester said a new school of Earth and space science is in the process of being approved at ASU.
"Science is not just about lab coats and Coke-bottle glasses, if you’re going to teach them well, you have to get them hooked," Hester said.
Hamilton High School Earth and space science teacher Corky Miner said he "absolutely" supports the change.
"I realize the driving force is the AIMS education," he said.