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Let them walk



If seniors want to walk at graduation in Pasco County, they have to pass the FCAT. For now.

For years, the Pasco School Board has insisted that students meet all graduation requirements, not just some. That has put the county in a very small group. The vast majority let students participate if they have earned the state-required 24 credits and a 2.0 grade point or better, regardless of their test result. They don't get a diploma, but at least they get to don the cap and gown with their friends.

Well, Pasco is poised to join the crowd. The School Board gave initial approval tonight to a policy that will let the teens walk if all they lack is the FCAT. Last year, that would have affected 85 students. This year, the number could be even larger. "I think this is the right move for us. I think it will provide a positive effect on the dropout rate," board member Frank Parker said. "I think it's a good move for us to bring those people into the cap and gown mode."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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