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Academics outrank behavior in honors memo

Academics outrank behavior in honors memo

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Davis County potential honor students' behavior may not be a factor when they are being considered for accelerated or gifted programs.

Davis Schools superintendent Bryan Bowles sent a memo to principals last spring saying that students' behavior -- or "citizenship" -- should not be used as criteria for honors classes. The school board will vote on an official policy Sept. 16.

Bowles says students who qualify shouldn't be held out of accelerated learning programs because a teacher believes the students' citizenship grades don't match their academics.

Bowls' memo says that gifted and talented students may sometimes be restless, talkative or challenge the teacher with questions. He says that shouldn't automatically disqualify them from the top classes taught in the district.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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