Parents Want To Sue LAUSD For Not Naming Daughter Valedictorian
A couple wants to sue the Los Angeles Unified School District for not granting their daughter, who earned straight A’s and a 4.50 GPA, the distinction of being her high school’s valedictorian, the Eagle Rock Patch reported.
Elisha Marquez was told that her classmate Jasmine Fernandez, who earned a 4.55 GPA, would be valedictorian of Eagle Rock High School’s graduating class and that Marquez would receive the 2nd-place Salutatorian award. The 18-year-old’s family said she earned the same grades as Fernandez but that her GPA ranked just .05 lower because she didn’t take as many AP courses as Fernandez.
“It’s just like Pacquiao and Jessica Sanchez — you’re being robbed of the title,” Elisha’s mother, Carol, told CBS2.
The family said Elisha was not in the school’s magnet program which prevented her from taking AP classes as a freshman. Grades earned in AP courses are weighted one point higher than grades achieved in other classes — an “A” in an AP class is counted as 5.0 towards a student’s GPA while it would be considered a 4.0 in other courses.
Don’t feel too sorry for Marquez — the recent grad is headed to Stanford in the fall and was accepted to several Ivy League schools. She was also selected for an engineering internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was granted a scholarship through the Gates Millenium Scholars program.
And that’s why the lawsuit is going nowhere. Miss Marquez can’t point to substantial damages that she suffered for being salutatorian instead of valedictorian. Pretend “Elisha Marquez” is white John Smith, and keep all the variables the same. No Stanford, no Ivies, no internship at JPL. I know “Bon of Babble” will have something to say about this.