Valedictorian and salutatorian could soon be history in Pasco County, Fla.
Superintendent Kurt Browning says the titles aren’t fair, so he announced a plan to eliminate them district-wide.
Read background below from TampaBay.com:
Superintendent Kurt Browning has recommended eliminating the honoring of valedictorians and salutatorians beginning with next year’s freshman class. Instead, top-performing students would be honored in groups under the Latin designations of cum laude,magna cum laude and summa cum laude.
At a School Board workshop Tuesday, Browning said the “val” and “sal” concept is outdated and “problematic.” Board members did not object, and most on the five-member panel expressed support. A formal vote must be taken for the change to be made.
“I can make some pretty valid strong arguments why we need to phase out vals and sals,” Browning said. “The difference between valedictorian and salutatorian is hundredths of a point.”
A similar decision to eliminate the tradition in Hernando County last year prompted such a huge backlash that board members rescinded the policy.
Hillsborough and Pinellas also have valedictorians and salutatorians. Neither is considering a change.
Corttney Penberthy, who graduated in 2007 as valedictorian, said on “Fox and Friends” that working toward these academic goals is arduous and should be rewarded.
“The titles are more than just labels,” she said. “They’re sources of pride, ambition and financial outlets.”