The competition for Valedictorian and Salutatorian is “unhealthy”, declares the school board.
The Wake County school board in North Carolina voted unanimously to ban the recognition of valedictorians and salutatorians beginning in 2019.
Instead the school will be going to a Latin title such as Cum Laude if they have a GPA of at least 3.75, or magna cum laude if their GPA is 4.0 to 4.249.
Since there are between 400 to 600 seniors each year, more students will be recognized through the new system, the board chairman said. The new policy will allow students to take more classes they like, instead of just the classes that will boost their GPA or class rank.
Earlier this year, this same school district was in the news over changes they wanted to make to the Pledge of Allegiance. See story: NC School Wants to Change Pledge of Allegiance Teaching
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