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Oregon School District To Make College Acceptance A High School Graduation Requirement

| by Dominic Kelly

A school district in Oregon is trying to make acceptance into college or trade school a requirement for students to be able to graduate from high school.

The Corbett School District in Corbett, OR will vote in December on the proposal that will make college acceptance a requirement for graduation. School board chair Charlie O’Neill says he’s certain the proposal will pass, and hopes that it motivates students to work harder in school.

Students won’t actually have to follow through with going to college after graduation, but in order to graduate, they will at least have to be accepted to one. High School Principal Phil Pearson says that it’s more about students learning how to apply to college rather than pressuring them to actually going.

Still, many are opposed to it. School board member Annette Calcagno says that the potential new policy is crossing a line.

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“I think we’re over stepping our bounds as a school,” said Calcagno. “I don’t believe we need to make it mandatory.”

The school district already has some unusual graduation requirements in place, including requiring that all students take at least 6 Advanced Placement courses, as well as paying for all juniors to take the SAT at school.

The school maintains that it is doing this for the betterment of the students, but Calcagno says she believes it’s more about making the school look good.

“I think we’re over stepping our bounds as a school,” said Calcagno. “I don’t believe we need to make it mandatory.”

The school says that the local community college will accept anyone who applies, so it’s more about teaching the students to apply to college than anything.