Teacher Was Fired For Giving ‘Zeroes’ To Slacker Students


A Florida teacher says she was sacked for not giving students a grade for work they didn’t turn in.

Talk about expecting a handout for zero effort!

Diana Tirado, an eighth-grade teacher from Port St. Lucie alleges that her school, West Gate, recently sacked her for not giving her students a partial grade for work on a project that they didn’t do.

It was an Explorer Notebook project, and Tirado gave the non-submitting students a grade of zero, which she said was allegedly against the school’s ‘no zero policy’ included in the student and parent handbook, a report from Yahoo noted.

“I’m so upset, because we have a nation of kids that are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up, and it’s not real,” the teacher said in an interview with WCMH.

Tirado was terminated last Sept. 14 with no clause mentioned in the termination letter from the principal.
But an information officer from West Gate refuted Tirado’s zero-policy allegation at the school, saying that there was no district or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from recording a grade of zero for work not turned in.

“The district’s uniform grading system utilizes letter grades A-F, numerical grades 100 to zero and grade point averages from four to zero,” West Gate added.

On Tirado’s last day, she wrote a message on her whiteboard to the students and put it up on Facebook.

Tirado said she hopes the school will change its stance on allegedly not allowing teachers to hand out a grade of zero for students who don’t turn in their work.

“The reason I took on this fight was because it was ridiculous. Teaching should not be this hard. Teachers teach content, children do the assignments to the best of their ability and teachers grade that work based on a grading scale that has been around a very long time,” she wrote in another social media post.

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