We all know that GPA of higher than 3.0 is acceptable. But what about the lower limits? Possessing a poor GPA score means a student has to study harder, pay more attention to the weak sides and prepare for admission troubles. However, it’s not the same as tossing the poor kid away from the school. You might not believe it, but such practice exists.
By the law, of course, every kid is untouchable and has a right for free elementary and high school education. It works for all public institutions. Actually, all U.S public schools operate under the American Constitution. They also follow the regulations and rules set by the Ministry of Education and authoritative bodies. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread – nothing else can be used to describe the situation with one public charter school. This institution located in San Bernardino decided to dismiss students performing less than 2.0 GPA score. For some reason, the initiative was blamed by American Civil Liberties Union. They immediately fired off a stern letter insisting on the policy’s change.
“There is no way to exclude students only based on their GPA performance”, shares Jessica Price. One deal is when something so blatant happens in private schools. According to American Law, private education institutions have more rights to set own standards. Still, even they fear to implement such strict policies.
Many parents in rage have already compared the novelty to allowing physical abuse and violation of child’s rights. It’s not that dramatic and stimulates students to study more instead of wasting their time on video games, rock gigs and parties. But everything is set based on the limits.
Despite the good intentions of local principal, most probably she will be penalized and forced to cancel the policy.
Since 1999, it is the first incident so far. Jennifer Stickel really believes in the efficiency of involving 2.0 minimum for being counted in.
To justify her actions, she shows more than 20 cadet’s summaries as the proof their grades haven’t improved during the entire 2013.
Everything would be fine without one significant “but”… By the end of 2014, parents started receiving letters kindly asking to return all textbooks and get back the documents… And to move elsewhere. Except for this “layoff”, a lot of students were blown away even earlier that year. Most of them were not even warned. The policy was officially released later.
By calling to the head office today, parents just find out “it is ILLEGAL to study with such a poor rating as 2.0”.
Another interesting fact that may result into a huge conflict is that many of the dismissed children were foreign students. They complain they didn’t get the new policies from the first time, nobody consulted them, and even their parents didn’t understand a word from the letter send by the school’s administration.
Stickel is sure a bad message will be delivered to the students if cancelling the GPA policy. From the other side, has she given them a chance? I don’t think so.