Higher academic standard for DPS athletic eligibility begins in 2011

Students in Detroit Public Schools will have until the fall semester of 2011 before the district begins to enforce a higher academic standard for athletic eligibility that was set to go into effect next month.
DPS Athletic Administrator Alvin Ward announced Wednesday a one-year implementation period for the requirement that all Detroit Public School League athletes maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the core courses of math, English, science and social studies to be eligible to compete.
Grades attained in spring and summer 2011 will determine athletic eligibility for fall semester 2011.
“This action takes into account concerns expressed by coaches, parents and scholar-athletes,” Ward said. “This change will provide ample time to prepare parents, students and coaches for the new eligibility requirement.”
Parents can expect to receive letters reiterating the eligibility requirement, Ward said.

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