Back in 2005 the old school board approved a resolution requiring students make a minimum of a C in 14 core subjects or not be allowed to graduate beginning in 2017. Right now, estimates are, of current 10th graders, 70% would not graduate if their grades continue as they are. One D in a core course like English, History or a language other than English could do that.
Not everyone likes the program. School Board member Dr. George McKenna says, "I'm opposed to the requirement of a C grade to get a diploma."
A special meeting to discuss recommitting to the 2017 plan was to be the focus of a special meeting, but he made a motion to cancel the meeting till June. He got enough support to hold the matter over till June.
Elmer Roldan, who is Goodwill's Director of Education for Programs and Policy says, "We think its shameful they decided to hold off without the community not being there to speak about the issue."
To McKenna a "D" is a passing grade... If you can't get a diploma you can't go out of here and get a job. you can't work at the post office .. you can't work as a police officer. You can't do anything without a diploma."
Maybe so, but the demonstrators and board members supporting the proposals want more resources to help their kids succeed and get a minimum of a C in core courses.
Esthefania Solano, with Inner City Struggle says, "The problem now is that there have been a lot of cuts since 2005. We had a major budget crisis, a lot schools aren't spending money, summer school has been cut, online learning has been cut, so a lot of resources that student would use to recover classes and credits are no longer there."
Solano, Roldan and others demonstrating outside the LAUSD hope that will all change.
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