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December 15, 2018

School district says ‘no-zero policy’ was not the reason for fired Florida teacher

September 28, 2018
Diane Tirado (pictured) says she was fired when she refused to follow the policy after several students failed to turn in an assignment. (Facebook)

A Florida teacher claims she was “fired” after she refused to give students credit for work not turned in, but the school district says she was removed from the classroom for other reasons.

On her last day teaching at a Port St. Lucia Public School, Diane Tirado, 52, left a note to her students on a whiteboard.




“Bye Kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50 percent for not handing anything in. Mrs. Tirado,” she wrote.

The eighth-grade teacher says the school has a “no-zero policy,” entailing that teachers are not allowed to give students anything less than a 50% on an assignment.

Tirado says she was fired when she refused to follow the policy after several students failed to turn in an assignment, according to WPTV.

A spokeswoman from St. Lucia public school says in an email that there is not a policy that prohibits a teacher from giving a grade of a zero.

“Ms.Tirado was released from her duties as an instructor because her performance was deemed sub-standard and her interactions with students, staff, and parents lacked professionalism and created a toxic culture on the school’s campus,” a spokesperson of the school told KSAT in a statement.

The statement also says that there were “numerous student complaints” and “ an investigation of possible physical abuse is underway.”

On her last day, Diane Tirado, 52, left a note to her students on a whiteboard.
On her last day, Diane Tirado, 52, left a note to her students on a whiteboard. (Facebook)

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Tirado said, “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.”

A specific cause for Tirado’s termination was not included in the letter she received from the principal because she was on a probationary status, according to a statement.




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