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Our high school changed its foreign language policy after

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our high school changed its foreign language policy after freshman year and is now denying my daughter access to a second year (she got a B in year 1). This will severely harm college chances and I'm not sure if I have any recourse
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Education Law
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Please tell me - is this a public or private school? And what state is this in? Thank you.
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
This is a New York City pubic school. They set an arbitrary threshold at the very end of the school year that only students with 90 or higher would be allowed to continue (after all tests and grading was already complete) without any forewarning. Students below that level are now - effectively - ineligible for college placement.
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Thank you. On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times.
The school has no duty to make a a student eligible for college placement. All the school has to do is to meet the Common Core Curriculum. Anything beyond that is offered by the school at its discretion, meaning that they can curtail classes beyond the Common Core at will.
This is unfortunate, but it is not illegal and there is no way to force the school to continue such a program.
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Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
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