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Pasco School Board pauses over class rank rule change

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June

A proposal to change the way Pasco County high schools calculate class rank grade-point averages didn't win overwhelming support from School Board members during debate Tuesday.

Board vice chairwoman Alison Crumbley said she received several calls from parents who did not approve of the recommended new policy, which would count all high-school courses toward the class ranking. To this point, only courses taken during the six-period day are included.

"I’m not exactly comfortable with the direction we are going," Crumbley said. "I think the val-sal should be a reflection of the activity going on on campus."

She did not like the idea of having students making valedictory speeches at their high school graduations who had spent limited time on campus. She raised concerns, as well, over the continuing slide toward online courses, which she suggested are breeding ground for cheating.

"I think we need to look at the big picture and where it's going to take us in a few years," Crumbley told the Gradebook later. "I think it's very dangerous."

Land O'Lakes High teacher Pat Connolly told the board that perhaps it should tweak its procedures so that, when high schools choose graduation speakers, more than class rank will be considered.

Superintendent Kurt Browning asked the board members if they wanted his staff to reconsider the proposed language on class ranking. But with only three of five members present, they said they preferred to have a discussion at a workshop on July 2 before giving direction.

Crumbley made clear, though, that she's not satisfied.

"There is opposition," she said. "It's not over yet."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:16pm]

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