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The Seattle City Council chamber was unusually crowded this morning. More than a dozen people signed up to speak about Mayor Greg Nickels' $13 million in budget cuts, most were concerned about the impact on the library system.
Under Nickels' proposal all of the Seattle libraries will be shut down for a week this summer to save about $650,000.
The level of rigor in high schools is strong enough that a high school reform committee is recommending the school board abolish a requirement that graduates have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average.
Several other reform proposals will come before the school board between now and May 1. There may be a weighted, 11-point grading system, in which "+" and "-"; grades can be assigned. This would throw out the current five-point grading system. Honors courses would be worth a half-point more than they are currently and a full point more for advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses.