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Teachers say failing students will graduate

June 12, 2012
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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I.—Teachers at the Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls say they have been ordered to graduate students who fail up to 75 percent of their core classes.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/LY4VJb) students at the school are allowed to fail up to three of their classes in math, science, English and Social Studies and still become high school freshman.

The station cited emails from incoming principal David Alba who told teachers the policy, which he implemented, is not up for debate.

School Superintendent Frances Gallo says there is an internal discussion over whether retaining students is helpful, and said holding students back in middle school significantly increases their likelihood of dropping out.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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