Should the SAUSD have lower graduation requirements than L.A. Unified?

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Santa Ana’s graduation requirement is currently 240 credits, which is among the state’s highest benchmarks – but the Santa Ana Unified School District’s (SAUSD) School Board wants to water down that standard to 220.  There are reasons to do this, but consider that the new graduation requirement will put the district below even the dreadful L.A. Unified. (See the chart above, which is courtesy of the L.A. Times).

The problem, as I see it, is that this is a slippery slope.  The SAUSD School Board is not done watering down their curriculum and standards.  They are desperate to increase their graduation rates – and they don’t believe in the ability of local children to succeed.  Most of the SAUSD School Board parents either sent their kids to private schools or never had kids in the first place.

I personally don’t understand why they have to drop the graduation requirements below those of L.A. Unified.  Couldn’t they at least match their requirements?  Why drop the bar even lower than the low bar in Los Angeles?

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