I was not surprised to see an article on the front page of the June 4 Daily Herald regarding Elgin Area School District U46, however I was disappointed that rather than discussing the new grading scale U46 is seriously considering it went on to justify U46's attempts to apply for additional funding under Title 1.
The fact is that the board is considering lowering the grade scale to pass and graduate from U46 students unprepared to go to college and or compete with others in the workplace. This is not only an insult to the teachers and the school administrators but will completely demoralize all the students that put forth an honest effort to succeed and excel.
I believe the new grading scale being proposed is an attempt to pass as many children with as little effort as possible. This will make U46 the laughing stock of school districts nationwide and will cause our children's high school transcripts to mean nothing more to colleges than a participation trophy in youth sports. It make the kids feel good however has absolutely no representation of accomplishment.
What happens to students in SWAS, The Academies, AP Classes and Honors classes? Where will all the good teachers go? Better yet, where will all of the good students go? U46 is better than this. Please share with your readers what is being proposed and share with them that there will be a board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 17.
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