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Do parents ultimately decide whether their child is retained? Can the parent override the school district's decision concerning grade retention?

Answer

The law is very clear on this.

No. The teacher has authority to promote or retain an elementary student at a grade level and to pass or fail a high school student for a course. (ARS 15-521). A parent may appeal the teacher's decision to the school district governing board. To overturn the teacher's decision, however, the student must demonstrate to the governing board that he or she has mastered the state's academic standards for the grade or course. (ARS 15-342 (11)).

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Friday, 23 July 2010
Revised:
Friday, 23 July 2010

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