AirTalk for April 18, 2012

LAUSD considers lowering the bar to avoid flood of dropouts

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Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference.

A proposal to lower graduation requirements has been put forward by the Los Angeles Board of Education. This runs counter to a plan announced eight years ago that comes into force this fall, that requires all LAUSD students to take and pass a series of college-prep courses in order to graduate. At present, students need 230 credits to graduate. The new proposal would lower this to 170 credits, the minimum set by the California Department of Education. LAUSD officials say this change of course will give students flexibility to focus on the more advanced courses, and will reduce the number of kids who dropout before graduation. The plan will go before the full board next month.

WEIGH IN:

Should the graduation requirement be lowered? How will lowering the requirement impact on students in the long run? As a student, do you agree with reducing the number of credits you need to graduate? Or would you prefer to be rigorously tested ahead of college?

Guest:

Adolfo Guzman Lopez, Education Reporter, KPCC


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