State education changes may strain smaller schools

Governor Heineman proposes tougher standards for high school courses with the class of 2015 the first to graduate under those new requirements. The standards will force schools to change their coursework to match.
Randy Anderson, superintendent of Hartington Public and Crofton schools, says the higher standards may be harder for smaller schools to achieve. Anderson says, “The state board and governor need to take into consideration the increased cost perhaps to smaller schools to hire additional personnel to meet some of those more stringent requirements.”
Anderson says public schools have to accept all students and help them achieve. “I’m concerned about the students that may not be able to reach those new requirements,” Anderson says. “Are they going to become dropouts or what is going to happen to the school systems in order to deal with those types of students? We need to educate the entire student body, not just a select group.”
He says it will be another round of changes and schools will have to adapt. Governor Heineman has also suggested extending the school day and the school year, saying the current challenges facing the state demand a highly educated workforce.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton