A Tennessee high school is stirring up controversy for a policy that separates students at lunch based on their grades. Specifically, La Vergne High School student who are making poor grades are separated from their classmates and made to eat lunch in a separate location.
Paul Morecroft, who has a special needs daughter in the 10th grade, said, “To me, it’s considered separation, because you have your special needs kids and the kids getting the good grades on one side, and the kids getting below an 80 on the other side. ” He called the policy a “civil rights violation and segregation, no doubt.”
School leaders say La Vergne High has a split lunch period, half academic intervention to help students who may be struggling in a subject and half lunch; it’s been in practice for two years as part of statewide pilot program.