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Register is moving the district to a 5 point grade scale.
Under the police, students will receive an additional .5 point for taking Honors and Dual Enrollment classes. Students taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes will receive an additional 1 point to the GPA.
"We're hoping this will incentivize students who have been reluctant to sign up for advanced courses because they feel they might not get that A knock them out of Valedictorian," said Assistant Superintendent for High Schools Jay Steele.
In the past student's grades weren't adjusted up when they took tougher classes and some students may have felt they weren't worth the trouble.
Lynn Sherman is one parent who thinks the move is a good idea.
"My son took AP Bio in his Freshman year and he was like why am I bothering because it's not rewarding me in any way and it's a lot of trouble," said Sherman.
The extra credit won't necessarily help with college admissions though.
"We're still going to look at the un-weighted GPA," said Lipscomb University's Jessica Duty.
Still, Duty says anything that encourages more students to take tougher courses is helpful.
She says her university looks for that even if it means the particular student has a lower GPA.
"They're still going to be thought of more competitively because they've challenged themselves more. We're not gonna take those quality points away because they've taken higher classes," said Duty.
Tuesday, July 24 2012, 03:01 AM CDT
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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