Teacher Fired For Giving Zeroes To Students Who Did Not Turn In Their Work



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Teacher Fired For Giving Zeroes To Students Who Did not Turn In Their Work

Being a good teacher is not easy, especially when there are certain rules and regulations that you are forced to follow that you may not believe in.
When I was teaching at a private elementary school, I was told by the principal that I could not fail students, even if they refused to hand in assignments and participate in class.
The administration staff’s explanation was that parents are paying lots of money for their students to go to this school, and because of this, teachers are not allowed to hold them back.
But what about public schools? You would think these teachers would have much more leeway, but you could not be more wrong.
One Florida teacher had to learn this the hard way after she was fired for giving zeros to students who did not turn in their assignment.

Diane Tirado has been teaching for many years.
In August, she got a new job at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie as an eighth grade U.S. history teacher, but her teaching method raised eyebrows among administrative staff.
When several students did not turn their explorer notebook project, after giving them two weeks to complete, she gave them zeros.
The school has a “no zero” policy, and below every grading rubric, it states in bold red lettering: “NO ZEROS – LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%.”
“But what if they do not turn it in, and they say we will give them a 50? Oh no we do not,” Tirado said, after asking administrators about this rule.
Just a few weeks after the new school year started, Tirado was terminated.
On her last day at the school, Tirado wrote this message on the whiteboard, which was later shared on her Facebook page.
“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.”

Bue 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 handinaany thing in.
Mrs. Ticado

Because Tirado was still in her probationary period, there was no explanation in the termination letter on exactly why she was fired.
And because of this, she may not be able to sue the school or get help from the teachers’ union.
That being said, Tirado does not regret taking a stand for what she believes in.
“A grade in Mrs. Tirado’s class is earned,” she said.
“I am 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,” she added.
Tirado is sharing her story on Facebook, which has now gone viral, and hopes she can change this policy.
“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. Teachers also provide numerous attempts to get the work collected so they can give a child a grade. By nature, most teachers are loving souls who want to see students succeed. We do above and beyond actual teaching to give them the support they need. Are we perfect? NO. We make mistakes like all other human beings, but I know teachers work their butts off to help children to be the best people they can be!!!”
Many people on Facebook are siding with the teacher, and believe she should not have been fired:

“Is that for real? I would be out of a job also,” wrote a teacher.
“A teacher should have the right to decide the grade a child receives.

Lynden Dorval, a former physics teacher at Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton, Canada, was suspended in 2012 for handing out zeroes to students who failed to hand in their work.
This school also had a “no zero” policy, so his teaching method landed him in hot water.
Less than a week after his termination, Dorval was offered a new job at a private school.
“Our evaluation policy is generally left up to the teachers,” Peter Mitchell, head of Tempo School, who hired Dorval, told CBC. “I think students here would not be surprised to get a zero if they did not do their work.”
Dorval also won his case in court and was compensated for his termination, which included two years’ salary and an increase in his pension.
“I knew that what I did was right and whether it was legal or not it was the right thing to do and the support of family, friends and colleagues, and former students even, really has helped get me through this,” he told Global News.
Perhaps Tirado’s viral story will be able to land her a new job, or change the way some schools handle students who do not turn in their work.

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Georgia Principal Shocks Students With Racist Comments at High School Graduation



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A white Georgia principal shocked students and their families on Friday, May 8, when she made racist comments at her school’s graduation ceremony. A video that captures the incident has gone viral.

TNT Academy founder Nancy Gordeuk made the remarks after accidentally dismissing graduates before the class valedictorian gave his speech. While attempting to get families to pay attention, she called a man who had been taking photographs a “goober” and a “coward.”

Her comments caused an unrelated family to walk out of the graduation, along with a few others, at which point she began a tirade about people exiting the ceremony.

“You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech,” Gordeuk told the audience, as captured in this footage. “It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving — all the black people.”

Graduates walked off the stage in protest and families, shocked by the derogatory comments, streamed out of the ceremony.

Jada Gibson, 18, who was attending the ceremony to watch her cousin graduate, filmed this footage as the events unfolded. Gibson said that she began taping the video after Gordeuk said the graduates could leave. According to Gibson, the principal’s remarks had followed a string of negative comments made by Gordeuk about black students throughout the ceremony.

Hourigan Construction and Virginia Tech Construction Students: The Living Building Challenge



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In the Fall of 2012, Hourigan Construction Company (HCC) invited Virginia Tech’s Department of Building Construction, in the Myers Lawson School of Construction, to work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) on a Living Building Challenge (LBC) facility in Virginia Beach, VA. This facility, the CBF Environmental Center, required a focus on higher-level factors surrounding constructability, means and methods, logistics and schedule for a real, high performance building, both in its design and implementation. As a result of this partnership, HCC asked the students from Virginia Tech to research and recommend suitable solutions to the current “state-of-the-art” processes in implementing a sustainable construction site, solutions that meet the spirit of the LBC.

Amazing Grace & Boogie Woogie, O’Connor Method Book I students



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A group of young students studying the “O’Connor Method” from the Carwile Studio in Lexington, KY, perform two pieces from Method Book I join violinist and author Mark O’Connor on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour from Lexington, KY.

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Bethel-area students journey to Anchorage for intensive science camp



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Students from Gladys Jung Middle School in Bethel and other rural communities have taken off for a special science and math program in Anchorage.

Sixth-graders Susanna Pitka and Hunter Wright are just two kids out of about 50 students chosen to attend the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s Middle School Academy.

Alert: Student Visa Airport Alert – F1 and M1 visa students!



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After the the issues of last November 2015. Now it is happening again. Many students are now in fear whether they can travel or not.

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Students who appeared to make Nazi salute in photo won’t be punished due to free speech



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School officials in Baraboo, Wisconsin say a group of boys will not be punished after appearing to make a Nazi salute in a prom photo. The photo went viral earlier this month and was condemned worldwide. In a letter to parents, an administrator said the boys’ actions are protected by the first amendment and that it wasn’t clear whether the gesture was intended as anti-Semitic.

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Church Bombing Survivor Talks to Students



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AVONDALE, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) — If it happened today it would be called a case of domestic terrorism. But when an all-black church was bombed in 1963, authorities in the southern state where it happened barely considered it a crime. Today, one of the survivors of the infamous bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, told her story to some Cincinnati school children. Local 12 news reporter Jeff Hirsh shares her story and shows us how it had deep meaning for the students in the class. Memories of the struggle for civil rights, police dogs, freedom rider buses attacked, and perhaps most tragic of all, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.When it went off it didn’t just go boom. It went boooommm, like that. Sarah Collins, now Sarah Collins Rudolph, was a 12 year old in church on September 15, 1963. Sarah’s older sister, 14 year old Addie Collins was killed, along with three other children, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair. Thursday morning, Collins Rudolph told her story to the children of North Avondale Montessori School. A story of how Ku Klux Klan members planted the dynamite after planting hatred.I think they planted the bomb at night and I believe they wanted it to go off that night, but it went off in the morning. When it went off it scared me so bad because it was such a loud sound.Collins Rudolph was brought to Cincinnati by several attorneys from the firm Ulmer and Berne, who felt her story had to be shared.The first place that I thought of was North Avondale Montessori School, because my daughters all went here a long time ago, says Karen Imbus, who helped bring Collins Rudolph to the school. If you lived through the civil rights era, Rosa Parks, the march on Washington, the police dogs in Birmingham are images you don’t forget. But if you’re a kid today ages 11, 12, 13, these are just pictures from the history book. But when the history books come alive you really get a sense of what was going on But the message is not just about the past. It’s about the presentSarah Collins Rudolph was recently presented the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama. One bombing suspect was given a slap on the wrist, a six month sentence in 1963 for possessing dynamite without a permit. But the case was re-opened in 1977 and that suspect, Robert Chambliss was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Another suspect was convicted in 2001, and a third in 2002 for murder in both instances.

Hobbs High School students petition administration over lunch period



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Students at one New Mexico High School say kids are going hungry because of the mess they’re faced with at lunch. Just one week into school they have started a petition saying there isn’t enough food, or time for them to get a proper meal. – Source: