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SDUSD Board to reconsider "twerking" controversy

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled to consider Tuesday whether to drop senior exhibitions as a graduation requirement and may take up the suspensions of Scripps Ranch High School students depicted in a controversial dance video.

According to district documents, San Diego Unified would save $400,000 by not having to help students defray the costs of preparing their presentations. The exhibitions include projects, community service work, evidence of success throughout a student's school career and work samples.

According to the San Diego Unified documents, senior exhibitions are not required by the state to graduate and are not called for in University of California eligibility guidelines.

In what the district describes as a housekeeping measure, the proposal would also reverse a board action last year that removed computer proficiency as a graduation requirement, effective with the class of 2016. A component regarding career-technical education, which ran into opposition from parents, will not be included in the restored requirement, according to San Diego Unified. The requirement would be satisfied by taking computer classes and passing a test.

The SDUSD is one of several large school districts that are toughening graduation standards to bring them into alignment with the so-called "A-G" eligibility requirements of the UC and California State University systems.

The review of the Scripps Ranch High suspensions would be handled in closed session.

Trustees Scott Barnett and Kevin Beiser have called on the board to discuss the punishment, in which some of the affected students might miss prom and not be allowed to walk at graduation.

The dance video, which was shot on campus during school hours, shows female students performing sexually suggestive dance moves, called "twerking."

The board's closed session agenda includes student disciplinary matters and confidential student matters.

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