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EBR schools could lower GPA requirements

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BATON ROUGE - Students in East Baton Rouge Parish could have an easier time making the grades to participate in after school activities.

Newly appointed Superintendent Warren Drake wants to lower the required grade point average from a 2.0 to a 1.5 to give more kids a chance to participate. Drake feels it would give more students an opportunity to gain role models and learn life lessons.

Tara High School cheerleading coach Hannah Wright agree that more students need to spend time in extracurricular activities.

"It would give other kids the opportunity to enjoy the time being with the team knowing what it's like to be on a team," she said. "Also, positive impact from my captain and co-captain. Right now they are both honor students with like a 4.2 GPA."

Parents at Tara High feel the same way.

"It gives them motivation to want to do more to excite them to just have something to do you know and somebody to go to and look up to," said parent Latasha Parker.

The GPA proposal is on Thursday night's school board agenda.

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