- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted unanimously to lower the minimum grade-point average students need to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities from 2.0 to 1.5.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1JufWUS) the change immediately will allow hundreds of previously excluded teenagers the chance to take part in an array of out-of-class activities.

The strong show of support was evident two weeks ago when the board first debated the idea. The change leaves Caddo and Jefferson parishes as the only public school districts in Louisiana that still have minimum GPA requirements above a 1.5.

Thursday’s vote was a victory for new Superintendent Warren Drake, who pushed for the change, but it prompted public criticism that the move amounts to lowering standards.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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