Controversial Course

By: Paul Aker
By: Paul Aker

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Circle High school in Towanda requires some of its students to sell advertising as part of their coursework.

The school requires its students to sell ads in Yearbook and Newspaper classes.
The more ads sold the better their grade.

Some parents find this practice extremely offensive, they say it grade for sale. The course syllabus explains how it works. Students need to sell $400 worth of ads to get an A; $350 to get a B; and at the very least they must hit a $300 quota.

Dustin Randolph, Circle High Students says he believes the rules are wrong. he says he could get an A by being the worst writer.

But Circle High Superintendent, Dr. Bob Albers disagrees he says selling teaches kids how to deal with the public. He also says ad sales only account for 10% to !5% of the students grades.

But what about wealthy students just buying the ads and the grade that goes along with it. Dr. Albers says "the fact that one student may have an easier times than another, that happens in every situation."

He says the policy has been on the books for years and he has no plans of changing it.

Officials with the Kansas State Board of Education say there are no laws against basing grades on selling. School grading policies are left up to each individual school.

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