Teacher allegedly fired for refusing the use of ‘no zero’ policy
Florida teacher claims she lost her job after refusing to give students 50% of the grade for work not turned in.
A Florida history teacher said that Monday she was fired for refusing to give half of the points for the students who do not turn in their assignments.
Diane Tirado, 52, said West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie had a ‘no zero’ policy, where the teachers give the students is not less than 50 percent of grade assignments.
Tirado posted a picture on her Facebook of a note left on a whiteboard for her students say that she was fired. The photo went viral and was shared more than 1,600 times as of Wednesday morning.
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“Bye children. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have dismissed for a refusal to give you a 50% for not handing over everything,” the message read.
Tirado told WPTV she is a teacher for 17 years and was hired by the school in August. She said that she was terminated on Sept. 14, but no specific cause was given in her letter of termination from the principal at the school, because Tirado is still on probation have recently hired.
She told the station she assigned students a notebook project and gave them two weeks to complete the work. They said a few students do not bring in the assignment, and when she heard about the school’s ‘no zero’ policy.
“What if they don’t with something in it?” Tirado said she asked the administrators. “‘We’ll give them a 50.’ I go, ‘Oh, we don’t have that. This is not kosher.'”
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Kerry Padrick, the chief communications officer for St. Lucie Public Schools, told WPTV in a statement Tirado is terminated “shortly after a month of classroom instruction.”
“There is no District or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from the recording of a grade of zero for work that has not changed,” the statement read. “The District’s Uniform grading system uses letter grades A-F, numeric digits 100-0 and grade point averages of 4-0.”
In another statement of the district to WPTV, the school refused Tirado’s claims and said that she was “released of her duties as an instructor, because her performance was deemed sub-standard, and her interactions with students, staff and parents lacked professionalism and made of a toxic culture on the school campus.”
“During her short time of employment in West Gate, the school fielded numerous student and parent complaints and concerns of colleagues, the statement read. “On the basis of new information will be shared with the school management, an investigation into the possible abuse to the corridor.”
Fox News’ request for comment from St. Lucie Public Schools, and Tirado was not immediately returned.
Tirado told WPTV she denied the “criminal allegations” and was “looking into suing the district for defamation.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.