September 9, 2003 -- Posted at 7:15 a.m. CDT
Little Rock, Ark --More math classes and more emphasis on college are the major themes of a new plan presented to the state Education Board on how to improve public schools.
The plan would have all students enroll in the state's core curriculum of 38 high school courses unless their parents specifically chose to opt out. And every high school in Arkansas would be required to offer the existing core curriculum every year.
Education director Ray Simon outlined the proposal yesterday. Simon says the proposal, called Smart Core, is the prescription for improving -- quote -- ``inefficient, ineffective high schools.
The plan also would require students to take an additional math course during high school and take some math as a junior or senior.