- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—SOUTH BEND — The Common Council voted Monday in favor of a resolution calling for more public input on a plan to lower academic standards for student-athletes in South Bend.

The resolution relates to a proposal by the South Bend Community School Corp. to relax academic standards for middle- and high-school athletes.

The proposal seeks to limit the minimum grade-point average requirement for middle school athletes and lower it for high school athletes.

“I think South Bend should lead the way and not be followers,” council member Fred Ferlic, D-District 4, said.

Karen White, D-at large, agreed.

“I believe the standards should be high and we should not reduce those standards,” White said.

The resolution recommends the school board postpone a scheduled vote on the matter for the sake of “enhanced public input and the greatest degree of transparency possible.”

The school board will consider the proposal at its meeting on Aug. 3.

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