Notwithstanding any provisions of this division or any other provisions of law prescribing, on a mandatory basis, courses of study to be taught in grades 7, 8, and 9 to the contrary, the State Board of Education is authorized and directed to prescribe, by rule and regulation, the particular courses of study otherwise required by law to be afforded pupils in such grades which shall be waived or dispensed with in the case of pupils enrolled in programs under this chapter. The otherwise mandatory courses of study to be so waived or dispensed with shall be those of lower essentiality in connection with instilling in pupils the traits and attributes necessary for good citizenship, as determined by the board.
(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)