Requiring High Schools to Name Valedictorians

Route Fifty: High schools in Ohio would be required to name a valedictorian and salutatorian under a bill introduced in the state legislature last week.

If passed, the bill would require the boards of education “of each city, local and exempted village school district” to designate a valedictorian and salutatorian from the senior class of each high school in the district they oversee. Each board would have the authority to determine how those students are selected; traditionally, valedictorians have the highest grade-point average in the class, and salutatorians have the next highest.

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