Pass to play is now get help to play

BRIDGEPORT- The idea was sort of from the ‘get tough’ parenting handbook: compel city students to do good in school or they couldn’t play sports. For some sports is why they come to school. But coaches, teachers, students and parents say the plan largely backfired because mechanisms were not in place to help some struggling students get passing grades.
Some students tell me the policy was motivation to do better but they say not all teammates could meet the challenge. Now, the policy has changed again. Students who can’t pull a C in an academic class are required to go to tutoring to play.
What do you think? Did the district wait long enough? Will students not try as hard because they know they can still flunk and play?
Opinions, please.

Linda Lambeck