The legislative education committees are meeting this morning and, among others, hearing a report from legislative staff on adequacy and equity in course offerings.
Some interesting data presented by Julie Holt:
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Of 294 high schools in 2018-19:
19 didn’t teach a vocal music course.
19 didn’t teach instrumental music
14 didn’t teach a foreign language (though two years of a language must be taught to meet state standards)
83 didn’t teach a physics course.
55 offered no journalism course
30 taught no advanced placement courses.
Poorer school districts and districts with higher non-white enrollments were disproportionately among districts lacking courses viewed as important to college entrance and success. Holt spoke, too, of barriers in homes — mental health, poverty, trauma.
UPDATE: Other reports today include a mention that charter schools (privately operated schools supported by tax dollars) enroll far fewer special education students than real public schools.