Let them play?
The rule governing high school students' participation in school-sponsored extracurricular programs hasn't changed much in years. Teens must maintain a 2.0 grade point (or better), and stay out of trouble. Some states call this the "no pass, no play" rule. In Florida, we call this the Craig Dickinson Act.
In one Miami high school, though, some kids and their family and friends are calling it unfair.
The Miami Herald reports that the benching of six Miami Senior High band members prompted a protest by 60 family members and friends. Even the band director agreed, telling the Herald he was surprised that the kids were removed abruptly, forcing him to replace much of his drum line without warning.
Apparently, what's going on is Miami-Dade's decision to vigorously enforce the act for the first time. ''We want to make sure they are putting their effort into school first,'' a district spokesman told the Herald.
What a novel concept.