Several classes include fees such as standard and Advanced Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and more.
A science teacher at Fossil, Mark Morehouse, teaches Advanced Chemistry which requires $35 at the beginning of the semester to supply a coursebook, papers for notes and homework, along with a subscription to ALEKS, a website used by students for homework that offers examples for each specific problem.
The ALEKS subscription has been consistently used among the science teachers in Fossil. It is unsure if this program will be continued in future.
Morehouse says, “It’s a way to add the rigor and challenge to the class and make it different from general chemistry but still kind of cover the same.”
Science classes in the future may alter due to funds. Anatomy and Physiology may not offer dissections and Advanced Chemistry may dissolve or another website may need to be used for homework.
Now PSD is going to use reserve money to backfill these fees, all in order to avoid excluding students from a public education.
“It’s more like this is a good idea, but we got to figure out a way to do it,” Morehouse says.