05-24-06 - Parents, teachers and school administrators are torn over a recently approved rule that requires high school students to take four years of math and science. Supporters say the measure will ensure students are better prepared for college and an increasingly technologically complex work force.
But critics argue it will further strain school districts' budgets and prevent teens from taking courses that interest them more. The plan was part of a sweeping education reform bill the Legislature approved earlier this month during a special session on school finance.
Governor Rick Perry is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days. The plan will first apply to this year's 7th graders. Texas will be just the second state to include four years of math and science in its standard high school curriculum.