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School Principal Encourages Better Education For Athletes

By// Andreas Hale

The key word in the term “student athlete” is student. But Illinois’ Rockford Public School District seems to be putting athletics before academics. In a controversial move, the district dropped its 2.0 grade point average (GPA) eligibility requirement for sports activities to a rule stating students must pass at least five classes. According to faculty, the previous prerequisite didn’t improve classroom performance. Instead, those deemed ineligible for sports left school rather than work to better their GPA. This new rule was implemented to keep students engaged with public education through extracurricular activities.

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