I don’t think this is what Bush and Congress had in mind when they passed No Child Left Behind:
Officials of Orange County’s largest school district were dealing with the fallout Tuesday from a high school principal’s memo that urged teachers to pass failing students so they could graduate and allow the school to meet federal graduation requirements.
A June 9 memo from the principal of Santa Ana’s Saddleback High School asked teachers to reconsider the failing grades of 98 students so that the school could meet the standards of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
“This is the largest number of non-graduates we have had in years!” reads the memo from Principal Esther Jones, who didn’t return calls seeking comment. “I am asking teachers of these non-graduates to please review your records for these students and determine if they would merit a grade of ‘D’ instead of a failure.”
Jones added that the school needed 95% of its seniors to graduate, but it actually needed 82.8% under the law