SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – A military program sponsored by the Department of Defense will likely continue to be offered at seven San Francisco high schools for another two years.

The school board voted 5-2 on Tuesday to extend the practice of allowing students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to earn physical education credits through independent study.

Some of the students would otherwise not be able to satisfy their physical education requirements and participate in JROTC at the same time. That could reduce enrollment in the program, jeopardizing its future at at least some of the district’s schools.

The San Francisco School Board voted to eliminate JROTC in 2006, but reversed that decision two years later.

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