Changes for the Upcoming School Year

This generation is in somewhat of an awkward and weird middle ground between old school methodology and an educational reformation. Schools have been changing – as a result of Common Core among other things. Here’s what you can expect in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Of course, I can’t cover every state and their different policies – so it is a good idea to look these things up for yourself, depending on where you are.

No need to fear! The new school won't be that different. (photo by Elizabeth Albert)

No need to fear! The new school won’t be that different. (photo by Elizabeth Albert)


You can expect a change in graduation requirements for the 2013-2014 freshmen. According to, Governor Rick Scott has been scheduled (as of April) to sign an education bill that will eliminate some of the required math and science courses if one would choose to enter career training courses instead. So what’s no longer required? Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics. I don’t understand how you could opt out of those courses – but it’s not my problem anymore!

A commentator had made a good comment for thought, stating that to get rid of advanced math and science courses, while proclaiming that STEM was to be a big part of Scott’s education plan was entirely contradictory.

Another thing the bill offers is a specialized diploma – one that would require Algebra II, statistics or another advanced math course, physics or chemistry and another advanced science course, two credits of a foreign language, and an AP, dual enrollment, or IB course.

School Breakfast:

According to darlingtonsnacks, the USDA has changed quite a few things about the health and nutrition of lunches over all of the nation. Unfortunately, this excluded breakfast. But for the 2013-2014 year, these will be the changes:

  • schools must use a food-based menu plan
  • there will be a difference in plans between elementary, middle, and high school
  • breakfasts must meet calorie ranges as averaged over the week
  • breakfasts must contain zero grams of trans fat per portion

Looks like things really are moving to improve the nutrition of our nation’s students. Hopefully this year, they will not condemn students for wanting two sides of vegetables instead of a side of tater tots.

School Calendar:

According to, this is the calendar that pertains to all schools across the nation:

  • All schools will close from October 28th to November 1st, inclusively.
  • For Christmas 2013, all schools will close December 20th, and will reopen on January 6th, 2014.
  • In February, all primary schools will close on the 20th and 21st, inclusively.
  • Also in February, post-primary schools will close February 17th to February 21st, inclusively.
  • For Easter 2014, all schools will close on April 11th.

This information is apparently given by the Department of Education.

So there you go – there’s just some of the many changes for the upcoming school year. Don’t fret though – every year is a process of mandates and amendments – different plans to initiate. You virtually will not feel any change as you enter the school year. It’s simply a good idea to learn of what is going to be different in the way schools are ran than in the prior year.

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