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Principal urges teachers to pass failing students

SANTA ANA, California (AP) -- A high school principal asked teachers to reconsider the grades of failing seniors to help the school meet federal requirements under the No Child Left Behind law.

Saddleback High School Principal Esther Jones sent teachers a memo on Thursday asking them to reconsider the grades of 98 students, saying "please review your records for these students and determine if they would merit a grade of 'D' instead of a failure."

Jones added that the school needed 95 percent of its seniors to graduate to meet federal requirements. In fact, the school needs a graduation rate of 82.8 percent and will graduate nearly 84 percent of its 500 seniors on Wednesday, school officials said.

Jones did not return calls for comment.

Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent Al Mijares has told teachers to ignore the memo.

"Principals and teachers are expected to hold the line with regards to grades that are necessary to the high school diploma, and under no circumstances will teachers be pressured to change a grade," he said.

School board President Audrey Yamagata-Noji said she needed to find out more about Jones, the incident, and her leadership of the school before determining whether discipline was necessary.

CNN.com
2005-06-15
http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/06/15/failing.students.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest


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