Our Opinion: ‘Endorsing failure’

We like the idea.

It seems pretty straight-forward.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me that Student A is allowed to flunk Algebra and still play football, and he knows that he’s able to get away with it,” School Board Member Jeff Labesky said on Monday.

And he’s a former basketball coach.

The right kind of coach, obviously.

At Monday night’s school board meeting, Labesky recommended that Warren County School District stop allowing students who are failing one class to participate in co-curricular activities, including athletics.

The district’s policy points to PIAA regulations.

According to PIAA, students must be enrolled in a full-time curriculum, have passed at least four full-credit courses in the prior grading period, and be passing four full-credit courses in order to be academically eligible.

… Which would mean that a student passing four full-credit courses, but failing two would still be academically eligible as we understand it?

“My concern with the handbook… is language regarding co-curricular activities and academic requirements for eligibility,” Labesky said. “My concern is we’re endorsing failure.”

He suggested that any student failing any class should be ineligible.

Not three. Not two. Not even one.

That item was not on the agenda and administrators said they would take a look at the language and board members could discuss it at the next school board committee meetings on Monday, Jan. 28.

We agree with board member Labesky and agree it should be looked at.

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