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How easy is it to pass a class at a District high school? Ask Amber Iraheta, a sophomore last year at the Cathedral Heights campus of the César Chávez Public Charter High School for Public Policy. She missed too many days of class at the well-respected school, so Chávez failed her for the year. But Roosevelt Senior High School—the school where Amber would have gone had she not attended Chávez—mailed her a
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second opinion: a report card from Roosevelt, which she has never attended, giving her passing marks—C’s—in math through three grading periods. “I just laughed,” says the 16-year-old, who is now in summer school, hoping to pass to the 11th grade at Chávez. Amber says she wanted to transfer to Roosevelt—and its more lax grading regime—but her mother, Lorena Iraheta, wouldn’t let her. “If she can pass a class without going to it, why should I send her there?” Lorena says. Amber isn’t completely surprised by Roosevelt’s generosity. “I know a lot of kids who don’t go [to school] but passed anyway.” There’s a difference, though: “They actually went to one class.” A D.C. Public Schools spokesperson declined to comment, citing end-of the-year difficulties with student-data software. —Ryan Grim