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How far should no pass-no play rules go in Florida high school sports?

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Florida state law is clear: In order to play competitive school sports, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

The Volusia school district has taken a much tougher stance. For more than a decade, the district has required student-athletes to receive a passing grade in each core academic course in order to keep playing.

That rule meant 650 students in the district's eight high schools were ineligible for their sports last year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Such numbers, and the stories behind them, have prompted some teachers, coaches and district officials to ask for revisions.

"What it's doing, is it's keeping kids from taking challenging classes," New Smyrna Beach High football coach Lance Jenkins told the News-Journal. "If it's such a great rule, why are we the only school district with it?"

Of course, the rule has its support, too.

"My philosophy is we're not asking these athletes to do anything more than the minimum they need to do to graduate," DeLand High track coach Jim Loewenstein told the paper.

What's your take on the debate? We've heard many of you argue during budget discussions that academics must be a priority financially. What about more generally? Should more Florida school districts adopt a rule like Volusia's? Or is it unfair to good students who might slip up?

[Last modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012 6:48am]

    

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