Science class cut, parents protest

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

At least 80 parents dislike the idea of removing science from the curriculum for 8th-graders at Bondurant Middle School.

The school council at Bondurant first voted last year to eliminate 8th-grade science in the 2001-2002 school year.

Some concerned parents said that's mainly because it is not a subject tested for CATS (Commonwealth Accountability Testing System) in the 8th grade.

More than 81 people who signed a letter to the editor of The State Journal expressing concern about Bondurant's decision to drop the subject from its 2003-2004 curriculum said it is "unacceptable" to decide what to teach based solely on what's tested."

Doug Crowe, chairman of the Franklin County Board of Education, said he signed the letter as a concerned parent because his son, Charlie, is a student at Bondurant.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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