COLUMBIA ó A South Carolina Board of Education member said studentsí report cards should include conduct grades.

Currently, districts can choose to grade studentsí conduct. Itís unclear how many do.

Attorney Larry Kobrovsky proposed Wednesday requiring students to receive a letter grade for their effort, punctuality and neatness. The former Charleston County School Board member said such skills are necessary for studentsí success in life, and the only way to stress expectations of personal responsibility is to put a grade on it.

Chairwoman-elect Traci Young Cooper is adamantly opposed. The former state teacher of the year said report cards include a place for teachers to provide parents information on studentsí conduct. She said studentsí classroom grades already reflect their personal character skills.

The subcommittee postponed further discussion until next monthís meeting.