Texas high school students to get credit hours for playing sports

SHERMAN, Tex. ― This time next year, some student-athletes may be able to get credit to use toward graduation for playing sports. Rita Kotey talked with some school officials to find out what that means for all students, not just student-athletes.

The Texas Education Board approved that students who play any sports could receive up to four credits versus the two they currently receive.

Under the recommended plan taken by most high school students, they need to have 3.5 credits of electives to graduate. The new plan would allow student athletes to fill their physical education requirements and elective requirements while playing sports. The new plan would allow student athletes to fulfill the 1.5 credits in P.E. and 2.5 credits in elective requirements while playing sports.

Sherman Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Al Hambrick says he hopes this plan does not take the focus off of education and put it on sports.

"I do not think that the sports classes should replace any of the core," Dr. Hambrick said.

Hambrick also says the Texas Education Agency will write curriculum standards for the various athletic programs offered. Those standards would be mandatory for all sports.

The changes will take effect in all Texas high schools in the 2009-10 school year.


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