Schools hesitant to hold struggling students back

When a Franklin mother saw her sixth-grader was having problems keeping up in class for the second straight year, she asked the school to hold her son back from beginning seventh grade.

Jessica Jahn’s son started receiving D’s and F’s on his report cards in fifth grade, so Jahn had him work on his homework with tutors and his grandparents after school, sometimes for up to three hours. Jahn was hopeful something would change when her son started sixth grade last school year at Custer Baker Intermediate School, but his grades after the first quarter were the same.

That’s when she told school officials she wanted her son kept in sixth grade until he could improve his grades.


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