"PLEASE POST THIS SEPARATELY.
From the Pittsburgh Courier:
"Other speakers attended the public hearing to voice concerns with the district’s athletic program. Specifically they expressed disproval of the district’s change to the GPA requirement for athletic participation."
“We’re trying to encourage kids to raise the bar and while we’re trying to raise the bar, you’re lowering the GPA to 1.5,” said 17-year-old Nigel Ash who was also there to promote his group Kid Nation’s Honor Roll Tour, which rewards students for their achievement in schools around the country. “When it comes to kids, we need to be inspired. Lowering it to 1.5, it’s really cheating the kids.”
How does lowering the GPA for next year advance the following PPS stated goals?
1. Closing the egregious achievement gap
between Black and White?
2. Making students "Promise Ready?"
3. Achieving the PA minimum requirement
of 72% for Reading and 63% for Math?
4. Moving PPS toward (at least) the AYP
standard of accountability for PPS?
Since it appears to be an adult problem that is negatively impacting students, why doesn't the Board just acknowledge that and suspend the 2.0 requirement for LAST year ONLY (with provisions for "interventions" to continue student participation)?
To the LOWER the standard for one day, one month or one year creates even more serious problems for the year ahead! Just does not make sense. (If anyone can make sense of this please do so here. Thanks)
Mr. Brentley, as is generally true, is RIGHT ON!"