Academic Standards Could Change for Sports at Mpls. Public Schools

Updated: 12/12/2012 11:10 PM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

 

Right now the Minneapolis Public School District is looking at a proposal that would change academic requirements for students to participate in athletics.

"We are not lowering standards," Assistant Director of Athletics, David Wicker said.

Some parents are unhappy with the possible move.

"I think that would definitely lower the standards of expectations for kids," concerned parent Debbie Cullin said.

Her daughter Hannah stopped participating in gymnastics to focus on school.

"I had to question myself, what do I need to do to get me to where I want to be in the future," Hannah said.

The district says, their research shows that kids who play sports have better attendance and grades than those who don't.

"We're looking for an opportunity to get them engaged in something and through that engagement we feel that student will be on the pathway toward academic success," Wicker said.

Wicker says, to play sports in the district, a student must have a 2.0 the previous marking period. Under the proposal, a student can either have a 2.0 or show continuous progress if their GPA is below a 2.0 and they must be passing all their classes. Passing in the district is a D.

"We believe student first, athlete second," Wicker said. 

Hannah Cullin says, lowering the standard is a slap in the face to all who strive for good grades

"it's kind of deflating, I work really hard," Cullin said.