Teacher says she was fired for giving zeroes to students who didn't turn in their work

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Should students get half credit for an assignment they didn't even turn in?

Right now, one teacher says no.

She also says that's the reason she got fired from her job.

Diana Tirado, a former teacher in St. Lucie County, Fla., says kids should get a zero if they don’t hand in any work.

Mrs. Tirado has been a teacher for more than 17 years. The 52-year-old began working at West Gate K-8 School this year as an eighth grade Social Studies teacher.

She says she gave her students two weeks to complete an explorer’s notebook project, but says some of them didn’t turn it in.

That’s when she says she learned about a no zero grading policy, written in red in the school’s handbook, stating, “NO ZERO’S – LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%.”

Tirado says this sends the wrong message.

But the school says it has a "no zero" policy and that the lowest grade Tirado should give her eighth grade students, is 50 percent.

"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 said.

Now the other side of this argument says you never know what's going on at a kid's home, maybe there's something more to their situation, as to why they can't turn in their work.

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