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Minimum GPA for high school athletes

3 years ago July 28, 2011 Jul 28, 2011 Thursday, July 28 2011 Thursday, July 28, 2011 4:40:47 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE-  The East Feliciana School System recently lowered the minimum grade point average for students to participate in extracurricular activities. 

It drops from a 2.0 to a 1.5, which is what most school districts across the state require.  East Baton Rouge is one of only a handful requiring a 2.0.  

A retired teacher we spoke with says there would definitely be more drop outs in public high schools if the standards are raised.  She says it's unfair to put the same standards on gifted and regular students.

Others say lowering the bar is never a good idea.  Critics of the low GPA say it's part of a cultural problem putting more emphasis on sports instead of academics.

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