Parents say District 150 is hurting some students' shot at college of choice

By WEEK Producer

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Two District 150 parents spoke before the school board Tuesday night with complaints about a high school policy allowing some seniors to enroll in a full-year course.

Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan says the policy is part of a blueprint to develop common assessments for curriculum.

However, the parents say their high schoolers now have problems with college applications.

Since the year-round classes don't provide results for the seventh-semester GPA, the parents say transcripts are not made available to colleges.

According to Paris McConnell, "My son has opportunities at several universities as far as Los Angeles, and I'm told I can't get an accurate transcript because its being reevaluated at the district?"

"When you submit those applications in August, September or October, it is based on the six-semester grade," Lathan explains. "The seventh semester is used for students who need to have their GPA's boosted."

Dr. Lathan says the year-round course is now a common practice in many schools nationwide.

Still, school officials will meet to discuss reevaluating the process.

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