Jan 19, 2010 11:27 AM by Jon Carrere

RANT: Lafayette Parish School System Sued Over G.P.A. Standards

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The fight to raise standards for student athletes G.P.A. requirements is back on.

This time it's in the form of a lawsuit.

This is actually a second attempt by Curtis Hollinger to get the standards raised.

Hollinger is a former college All-American at UL.

Last November he challenged Lafayette schools to raise the bar.

But with no response, he says his only choice was to take it a step further.

The former tennis great is no stranger to competition.

His next opponent comes in the form of what he calls "intellectual inequality."

He says lower standards for student athletes participating in sports like basketball, football and track puts them at a disadvantage.

"Life requires education and the world is becoming more and more competitive," says Hollinger.

His son plays high school basketball and is only required to maintain a 1.5 G.P.A.

The cheerleading athletic counterparts have to maintain a 2.0.

This discrepancy, the driving force behind his lawsuit, is also a main concern about his son's future.

 "When he finishes his high school degree here in Lafayette Parish he might not be equipped with the tools to provide for his family."

"You cannot continue to dumb down education."

 This from State Representative Rickey Hardy who has been fighting this battle since his days on the school board.

Hardy says we need to switch focus.

"(It's) not how well they do athletically but it's how they do academically."
Hollinger says he knows if standards are raised it will be a hard adjustment, but it can be done.

"It mostly means more study time, less TV time...more tutoring. less texting."

According to both Hardy and Hollinger, the Lafayette Parish School System says they follow the rulings for G.P.A. standards from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.



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