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Performing Arts May Get an "Honor"

By: Ann Nucatola
By: Ann Nucatola

Parents and Leon County school district administrators say a new proposal for the school board to consider could give students a crucial competitive edge.

"It's been a long haul, 16 to 18-month process, but we're cautiously optimistic about the proposal that's been made," says concerned parent and Wolfpac member, Brian Armstrong.

The proposal deals with giving an honors designation to certain performing arts classes. Parents say students need this to compete for college admission and scholarships.

Parents say other students from all over Florida are already getting the designation for the same courses.

"When it comes to two transcripts next to each other, and you see a number of H's on one and none on the other, the edge will go to the honors transcript not only for college, but for the scholarships," adds Armstrong.

Administrators say this proposal is a great compromise; while it will help students, it will not water down the top notch curriculum the district is known for.

Bill Montford, Superintendent of Leon County Schools, says, "What this does is recognize the rigor in some of our non-core classes such as the performing arts classes, which is a good thing."

The proposal still needs the official vote, but both sides are optimistic it will get a standing ovation.


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