L.A. mulls lower threshold for graduates

04/18/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Beginning in the fall, all incoming freshmen in Los Angeles schools will be required to take college preparatory courses to graduate. However, officials say the more rigorous standards could increase drop-out rates. Under one proposal, the district would cut the number of credits needed to graduate to 170 from 230, and students could pass college preparatory courses with a D grade -- though state colleges require a C for admission.

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