Teacher claims she was fired after she graded students with a zero for not submitting their homework
Tirado was upset because according to her the country's kids are now expecting to get paid and live life as they please all just for showing up!
A history teacher in Florida made waves on social media after her farewell message for students went viral. She was allegedly fired for denying half-credit to students who didn't turn in their assignments. Teachers in West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie are expected to conform to a "no zero" policy, requiring them to give students no less than a 50-percent grade on assignments, according to Diane Tirado, who taught history at the institution.
In a conversation with WPTV, the 52-year-old said she was fired on September 14 when she did not comply with the policy after a number of students did not turn in a homework assignment she gave them two weeks ago.
Before moving out, Tirado left a rather poignant message on the whiteboard for her students: "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. [Love] Mrs. Tirado."
She subsequently took a photo of the message and posted it on Facebook, where it went viral. "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," Tirado told the station.
She soon realized that her post garnered national attention, calling for a change, she followed up on Tuesday when she shared her thoughts about the issue. "The reason I took on this fight was because it was ridiculous," she wrote. "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 go 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!!!"
That said, the principal at West Gate school did not give any specific reason in Tirado's termination letter as she was still on probation. Kerry Padrick, chief information officer, sent this statement :
"Diane Tirado was employed as a teacher for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) from July 30, 2018 to September 14, 2018. She was contracted as a teacher on probationary status, and was terminated shortly after one month of classroom instruction.
SLPS values the importance of maintaining a high-quality teaching staff who support students’ individualized learning needs; who understand the value of forming appropriate and positive relationships with students, colleagues, and parents; and who provide accurate and productive feedback to students on assignments. Wavering on the expectations of quality is not an option.
There is 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 100-0 and grade point averages from 4-0."
Upon being asked about the wording of "no zeros" on the West Gate student and parent handbook, Padrick responded as follows:
"Some classroom teachers and school faculties have discussed the range of points for work submitted in each grading category.
This scale outlines a 10-point range for each letter grade:
A = 90 to 100
B = 80 to 89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 50=59
A zero is noted on the scale for work not attempted or work that is incomplete."