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Parents upset with FWCS approach to Graduation Pathways

The Indiana Board of Education approved the Graduation Pathways late last year despite hundreds of schools from across the state asking the board to delay a decision.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 10:53 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2018 8:38 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - More than 100 people attended the Fort Wayne Community School Board of Education meeting to learn how the district is responding the new Graduation Pathways set by the state.

The Indiana Board of Education, which is appointed by the governor, approved the Graduation Pathways late last year despite hundreds of schools from across the state asking the board to delay a decision.

The requirements will be in place for students starting with this year's seventh grade class. They are aimed at creating more rigorous curriculum for all students.

However, many parents at Monday's board meeting feel students with high academic ability will suffer.

"I want my kid to have the education they deserve, not the paper," said one parent with kids in FWCS during Monday's comment session.

Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson told the board FWCS is working to rewrite the curriculum in Math and Language Arts for the next school year.

Part of that could be re-labeling classes, many dropping the honors title and putting those students in academic classes or AP and Duel Credit classes.

"With a poor teacher that has to discern the fact of my student is a high ability or a middle ability or a low ability student to obtain an honors (distinction)" said one mother.

Another mother said the Honor Program at Snider High School is why her kids go to FWCS.

"The only thing that has kept us in this district is the honors designated classes where my children are learning, where they are meeting their potential, where they are growing," she said.

The woman is also a substitute teacher at all schools in FWCS. She added the academically integrated classes the district already has doesn't work for her honors student.

"We missed a week of school. My child made up a week's worth of science in his integrated class in his first 20 minutes of class on Monday," she said.

Dr. Robinson said the students could still get an "honors seal" on their diploma, however she's not sure how it will work yet.

Robinson said she will continue to hold meetings to gather input from the community.

You can learn more about the Graduation Pathways and offer your input on the Fort Wayne Community Schools website.

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