School Board To Consider Allowing 'D' Students To Graduate

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LAUSD board members are considering easing grade requirements and allow D-students to graduate high school.

The requirement drop, which will be brought to a vote on Tuesday, would scale back a proposed, but not yet implemented, requirement of high school students to pass college-prep courses with at least a 'C'-grade. The original rule would first be imposed on the class of 2017, but board members are reconsidering after they estimated that three-fourths of students would failed to meet the requirement, according to KPCC.

The requirements as they stand now are based on what's known as the a-g courses, which students need to pass with a C in order to attend California's public universities.

"This is not a retreat from the purpose of 'A-G' nor should it be read as a capitulation to those who said [the tougher standards] are setting up these kids for failure," board member Steve Zimmer told LA School Report.

Zimmer says he and his colleagues put forth the proposal because the recession and budget cuts to schools made it challenging for many students, especially those in poorer schools, to meet the requirements. "It's really kind of immoral to punish children for the lack of resourcing that the district has provided for this," he said.

The board is expected to meet on Tuesday afternoon to vote on the proposal. They will also consider raising the age limit, allowing students to stay in the school system until age 22.