WASHINGTON UPDATE: Clinton Initiative Targets Social Promotion Policies
President Bill Clinton wants to give school districts a financial incentive to end the practice of social promotion.
Social promotion involves allowing primary and secondary school children to advance a grade level even if they lack the academic skills to warrant moving forward.
Clinton called for an end to the policy of social promotion and offered schools a powerful incentive -- $600 million in new grants for after-school academic programs. The president made the offer as part of an expansion of 21st Century Learning Centers, a relatively new federal program that tries to meet the needs of …