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State Senator Charlie Albertson has a bill guaranteed to get people talking.

 

It’s simple. Just one page. It prohibits any participation in athletic competition by “schools in which a majority of the students are below the 50th percentile on end-of-course and end-of-grade tests for two or more consecutive years.”

 

In other words, if schools don’t perform in the classroom, their teams can’t perform on the playing fields and courts.

 

Albertson is basically extending to entire schools the rules that apply to students: If you want to play, you have to keep up your grades.

 

He is genuinely concerned about schools, especially rural schools, that are falling farther and farther behind.

 

And he’s probably going to get blitzed by angry parents.

 

So if you like what he’s trying to do, let him know: Charlie.Albertson@ncleg.net.

 

 

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