High schools must add hours to their course schedules, Oregon declares

Friday, March 14, 2014

Many Portland-area high schools, including those in Beaverton, Hillsboro, North Clackamas and Lake Oswego, will have to revise their high school schedules for the coming year to comply with a state directive to make every high school class at least 130 hours long.

State schools chief Rob Saxton said Thursday that the ruling he issued about the inadequacy of teaching time in Portland Public Schools is an important "test case" that allows the state, in dramatic fashion, "to communicate the expectation to all districts."

In his ruling, he warned Portland school leaders that high school credits issued by their schools "will be invalid" starting next school year unless they ensure each class includes at least 130 hours of class time.

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