Hours before graduation in Meriden, some high school students received the pleasant news that they were graduating.
It was all because of a change made by the Board of Education, and the district said about a dozen additional students will be graduating, but not everyone believes it sends the right message.
The board voted to lower the number of credits it took to graduate to bring the district in line with what the state requires.
“Plain and simple, you should earn it. The harder you work, the better you’re going to be in life,” said parent Jennifer Palumbo.
The district said the changes still require students to earn more credits than what the state requires.
Additionally, those students who earned more credits than required will get a different distinction at Thursday’s graduation.
“I think it’s kind of a bad thing because we had to work twice as hard almost to get where we were,” said student Madeline Hunt, who is graduating from Platt High School.
She said graduation practice was a bit chaotic.
“Our graduation rehearsal took twice as long because 20 more people were graduating,” Hunt said.
The issued a statement that said in part “This change better aligns the Meriden Public School District with other school districts in Connecticut, including some of the highest performing districts in the state. The policy change will support Meriden students who exceed state requirements and would have qualified for graduation in many other districts.”
The district said the students who went above the state requirements will receive a different colored cord on Thursday.
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