State’s schools may get tougher

Under a proposal awaiting possible state approval next month, all Alabama high school students will be automatically placed in honors classes, starting next year.

Students wishing to take easier classes would be required to get special permission to do so, according to the plan, which is designed to increase the rigor in Alabama schools.

Officials in Mobile and Baldwin counties said though they don’t know all the details of the proposed changes, they like what they’ve read and heard so far.

Baldwin County schools Superintendent Faron Hollinger agreed with Peek that if standards are increased, students will work themselves up to meet the higher requirements.

“I always think rigor is good, as long as you don’t forget that other students within that spectrum may not be up to that level, but they still need a good, solid foundation academically,” Hollinger said.

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