Mpls. schools delay vote on lowering GPA requirements

11:51 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - School board members voted to delay a vote to lower the grade point average requirement for students in sports and other extracurricular activities Tuesday night.

Board members want more information before making a decision.

Currently, Minneapolis Public School students involved in sports and other activities need to maintain a 2.0 grade point average or a C. But under a new plan, if they're below that, but show consistent improvement of at least 0.1 from the previous quarter, they can remain in the activity.

"All the research shows that students who are engaged in sports and extracurricular activity are more successful in school. So what we want to do, we want to leverage that," said district spokesperson Stan Alleyne.

But the three people that spoke at the meeting on the issue all spoke in opposition to the plan.

"I know our kids can learn. I've been a football coach for 35 years. And I refuse to dumb down anything for my kids," said Michael Tate who coaches football at North Commons Park.

There is no word when the school board will take up the issue again. Some on the council wanted to wait until a new athletic director is hired.

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