GPA Bill Could Set Restrictions on Extracurricular Allowances

It's a message high school coaches have been preaching for decades: hit the books or hit the bricks.

Mark Feely, the athletic director, says, "Sit out a semester and concentrate on books and welcome you back next year."

That practice could take center stage if a bill winding its way through the Florida Senate passes. It calls for all students participating in any extracurricular activity to maintain a 2.0 GPA, or forfeit their eligibility.

The Florida High School Athletic Association already requires student athletes to maintain a 2.0 GPA to play, so the biggest impact would come to students off the playing field.

Dr. Randy Pridgeon, principal of Godby High School, says, "Going into band or chorus, high school performers anyway, been doing this 20 years and can count the number of kids held out of band because of grades in that many years.”

School officials say there are always a few academic casualties, but measures are in place at the local level to keep kids in good standing academically so they can shine athletically.

Leon County kids must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to participate in sports.