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Name Change Will Bring School in Line with Federal Standards

Michael Misovich Comment: The same teachers, teaching the same content, to the same students -- but now it's NCLB compliant.

I would prefer that school board members be allowed to spend their time on substantive issues like how to keep the district out of bankruptcy following year after year of state funding cuts.

Michigan schools face the double whammy of NCLB ruining education and our state's school funding mechanism "Proposal A" ruining finances. So we get to have two flavors of "failing schools."

Sometimes a name makes all the difference.

Saugatuck Superintendent Tim Wood announced at Monday's school board meeting that the names of some courses at the middle and high schools would change to keep the schools in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

There will be no changes to the content of the courses, Wood said. However, courses like Social Studies 8, which covers the history of Western civilization, will become History 8.

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Under the No Child Left Behind Act, Wood said, a social studies course can only be taught by someone who had a major or minor in social studies in college. The name change will allow instructors who majored or minored in history -- some of who have been teaching the classes for years -- to continue teaching.

Name changes are being made to several other courses in a similar fashion.

The school board also unanimously approved a partnership between Saugatuck High School and Kendall School of Art in Grand Rapids.

The agreement will allow Saugatuck High School students to enroll in four Kendall classes to be offered at the high school. The college-level courses will cost $400 each, but the district plans to pay a portion of those fees for the students enrolled in the school's dual-enrollment program, said Wood.

Students will be able to earn up to 12 hours of college-level credits and admission without application to Kendall School of Art if they complete the coursework and wish to continue their study there after high school.

Saugatuck art teacher Crista Wise will teach the classes.

— Beth Walton
Holland Sentinel


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