In florida, for a senior to qualify for a high school diploma he/she must meet the following criterion:
earn 24 credits in the correct classes
pass the Florida Comprehencive Assesment Test
and have a 2.0 un weighted GPA
To participate in the actual graduation ceremony, a senior is not required to pass the FCAT before that date. However they must take and pass it before they recieve thier diploma after they walk in the ceremony.
In Florida, a huge emphisise is applied to the teaching and passing of the FCAT, why then would a senior who has not passed FCAT be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony
If an exception can be made for seniors who are unable to pass the FCAT on thier first, second and somtimes third try, then why would a senior missing a HALF credit in an ELECTIVE, who has signed up for summer school to gain this credit, not be allowed to walk in graduation
By signing this petion you agree that the current requirements of the graduation ceremony are both unfair and unethical. That you agree, the graduating with the peers of your class is just as important as the diploma its self. That "Rainbow Graduation" is not good enough for a student who as worked hard to pass FCAT, maintain a GPA over 2.0 and passed all of thier core classes.
The person sponsoring this petition is John Wakim, a high school senior at Colonial High, Orlando Florida. The school informed me that I would not be allowed to walk in my graduation ceremony becuase i am missing half of an elective credit. I have a solid GPA above 2.0 and have passed the FCAT as well as all of my core classes.
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