School board member Mitz Lee just informed me that San Diego Unified will continue to grant physical education credit for Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and for marching band, despite a new state law that requires all physical education classes to be taught by staffers with physical education credentials. Board president Katherine Nakamura has complained that the law could dissuade students from taking marching band and JROTC, potentially crippling the programs. Lee said that the board voted unanimously this morning to keep granting credit for the classes and fight the law.
“We are going to fight and go up to Sacramento and say, ‘This is our interim solution, and we are not going to change it,’” Lee said. “But the community and the board has to be proactive in Sacramento.”