Monday, November 09, 2009
A reader needs advice, and from reading his letter, this is an issue we will all face soon.
Need to pick your brain again.
High School -- At a meeting we were told by an AP that we can no longer give grades of 45 or 50. That the only options open to us were a 40 for a no-show or a 55 for everyone else. Now I immediately knew that meant every kid with even a little seat time would now be eligible for "credit recovery", the biggest scam since the first con artist tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge. I argued (hothead that I am) but was threatened with "I will have to tell the principal about you." He insisted that the NYState regs require only those two grades be given. I insisted that I need to see those regs before I would give a 55 to a kid who did no work all semester.
I have been googling all morning, trying to find anything, anything at all about grades either on the DoE website or the state ed website. I know that the contract reads something about teacher discretion but the union is useless at my school anyway.
Any ideas for me?
Thanks for your help/advice in the past.
Oh and yes of course you may share this info on your blog if you like, just don't mention the school.