AUSTIN (AP) -- High school students who make the honor roll here used to look forward to public recognition. Now, they'll have to settle for a certificate.
Principal Joe Brown said he decided to end publication of the honor roll as a matter of data privacy. That's because students who met grade requirements but had discipline problems weren't allowed on the lists by school policy.
"It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that certain students had gotten in trouble with school and/or legal policies," Brown said.
Brown said the change was his idea and was not prompted by complaints from parents or students.
"I've always felt uncomfortable about releasing an honor-roll list that wasn't fully complete. People would be calling and saying, 'I know so-and-so's a straight-A student. Why isn't he or she on the list?"'
Brown says he'd be open to hearing other views.
"If I heard from more folks who want it publicized, we might consider doing that," he said.
After first quarter, only one person called to inquire about the absent honor roll, he said. "It's not a hot issue until we get three calls," Brown said.
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