NYC parents and activists dueling over school grades amid coronavirus crisis

Deborah Alexander of Community Education Council 30 said that the DOE shouldn’t nullify the performance and efforts of teachers and students prior to the system’s closure.

“Scrapping everything that happened up until March is a nonstarter,” she said. “It would be completely unfair and demoralizing not only for students but for teachers as well.”

Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education, an advocacy group, backed an option that would allow kids to drop their lowest grade from this year’s three marking periods.

The organization argued that kids who have struggled during the remote learning period would be able to remove it from consideration for their overall grade.

The policy “helps all students,” PLACE said in a statement. “It does not penalize them for hardships under remote learning nor does it discount the work they continue to do.”

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