A Teacher Was Fired After Disagreeing With 'No Zeros' Grading Policy

Parents and current students: How do you feel about students receiving half credit for an assignment they simply didn't turn in?  

A teacher in Florida agrees with most of us and took a stand against her school's "no zeros policy". She was fired from the school for refusing to abide with the rule that all students, regardless of whether or not they submitted their assignment, deserves at least a 50% credit or grade. 

News networks across the country have learned about Mrs. Diane Tirado's firing and it has made headlines. An NBC-affiliate in West Palm, Florida provides video for those of you who don't enjoy reading as much - watch below:


Mrs. Tirado wrote her 8th grade students a goodbye message on a white board saying, "Bye Kids, Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life!"

I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in. 

The 8th grade teacher assigned her students a project, which she said she gave students two weeks to complete.

According to the school's policy, which is shared with parents, students and teachers at the beginning of the year, the grading rubric is: "NO ZEROS - LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%"

Tirado told the West Florida news networks that she is highly upset about not only her firing, but also the policy: "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."

This is definitely a controversial and polarized story. I'd love to hear back from you - especially current educators and parents. Do you feel that a "no zeros" policy is beneficial to children? 

Photos: Getty Images

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