…And lowers it!
Demonstrating the importance of a good education the City of Pittsburgh Public School Board decided that grades were so important that they would accept nothing less than a grade point average of 1.5 for any student wishing to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities (That’s D+ for those of you who grew up when I did). We cannot have any football players ineligible because of low grades. The “lowering the bar” part is because prior to this the bar was a full “C” or 2.0 grade point average. That requirement must have decimated the ranks of the chess club and the forensics team. Lest your heart (and mind) be too troubled by the lower standards any “students who are at a 1.5-1.99 GPA must take part in a probationary program aimed at getting them to a 2.0. If they haven’t achieved this in two semesters, they would be ineligible for activities including sports, band and club activities” unless there is a chance that a city football team can capture a state championship. We wouldn’t want to deprive any kids of that honor.