The Children First Act of 2009, which passed Mississippi's House of Representatives on Monday, includes a provision requiring students to have at least a 2.0 grade-point average in order to participate in middle- or high-school sports. The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., argues that although critics say the measure unfairly penalizes students who are trying hard and aren't causing trouble, the "no pass, no play" requirement, should it become law, would put the focus squarely where it belongs: on academic achievement.

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