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Comment: Proposed Regulations and Policies on Grading, Student Promotion, Graduation Requirements, and Attendance and Truancy

Children’s Law Center recently shared comments with DC Public Schools about its proposed regulations and policies on grading, student promotions, graduation requirements, attendance and truancy. We submitted our comments because DCPS’s proposed policies and regulations deeply affect the futures of the students we advocate for. We strongly agree with DCPS’s decision to remove the automatic grade reductions and automatic failures for 10 or 15 days of absence. The change is good policy because many children have unexcused absences for a variety of reasons that are complex or not in their control. However, we have other recommendations for improvements in the regulations and policies that will help the most vulnerable DCPS students. Read the full comments below.