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Higher standards to be required for NYC student athletes

February 18, 2013 2:41:24 PM PST
High school students in New York will soon need to do better in the classroom to participate in sports.

The young women of the High School for Economics and Finance against the High School for Fashion Industries.

Both schools score among the highest levels of academic performance, and the players take their schoolwork at least as seriously as they take basketball.

"Students should keep their grades up and it's a better incentive for student athletes who want to play; if they keep their grades up, they can play on a team," said Eryka Windley.

Every high school athlete in the city will soon have to take their studies even more seriously, under requirements for participating on sports teams.

"We've raised the standards that will allow students to compete, but also to meet the rigor that's required for academic success, as well," said Chancellor Dennis Walcott.

Student athletes will need to pass another credit-bearing course from four to five. Three of the five must be in so-called "major subjects". A student will need 10 credits, up from eight, and not counting physical education. For the first time, the athletes will need a passing grade point average, and they will need a 90 per cent attendance rate at school.

"We'll still have the talented athletes competing at a high level; very competitive within the league," said Donald Douglas.

Fashion Industries high school Principal Darryl Blank, feels his athletes can make the grade.

"Students need consistency and modeling, and I think that when they're modeling high standards," he said.

The players we spoke to are confident.

"They're not asking too much of athletes, because it's a responsibility and it's a privilege to be on a team, so you should be able to keep up your grades and earn the right to be on the team," said Sydney Lizcano.

The new rules take effect in September.

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