From the Orlando Sentinel: A few weeks ago, students and staff at Timber Creek were told that classes offered there including forensics, zoology, African American history, medical research, genetics and others could be cut. Students started paper and online petitions, drawing more than 800 total signatures.
Forensics, which enrolled about 175 students last year and 110 this year after adding a chemistry prerequisite, may survive in a different form.
For about seven years, Anna Stevens has been teaching forensics as an honors biology course for upperclassmen. To align with the rest of the district, Timber Creek may have to offer the class as a more basic elective that wouldn't count for a science credit, said assistant principal Kelly Paduano.
But students and the school's principal say cutting electives narrows students' opportunities to explore a wide range of careers in high school.
"If students have exposure now, it raises the interest," said principal Gabriel Berrio. "It give the kids options to think about what they might want to get into later on."