Unifed School Board lowers credit requirement

Lowering the number of credits needed for high school graduation in the Kenosha Unified School District was approved by the School Board Tuesday.

A motion was made to reject the administration’s recommendation, but it failed for lack of a second. Another motion was made by board member Jo Ann Taube to accept the administration’s recommendation, and it was approved by a vote of 6 to 1, with board member Carl Bryan the sole dissenting vote.

Before the vote, board members raised questions and discussed other options.

Board member David Gallo said: “This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make. We have a responsibility to students and teachers, and also to the taxpayers. We need to save $5.9 million. What can we do? My wife is a teacher. I’ve got two kids in charter schools. What is the best scenario? The best is what’s on the table today. We will keep on improving.”

Nuzzo said, “I learned a lesson in life, and that is that life is not fair.”

Currently students must earn 26 high school credits to graduate and complete four credits in the academic areas of English, math, science and social studies. The new standard is 23 credits including four English, three Math, three Social Studies and three Science credits. Students earning a diploma with honors distinction would be required to complete 4 credits of advanced placement courses during their sophomore, junior and senior year. Maximum credit attainment will be 28.


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