Unlike most parents, Beth Tillack was angry that her son made honor roll.
Despite earning four A’s, the Florida mother’s son Douglas had also earned one C and one D at Pasco Middle School. Tillack, upset over the latter grades, had confiscated the boy’s computer and iPod as punishment.
But Douglas ultimately still qualified for his school’s honor roll list with a 3.16 grade point average — one point above the minimum requirement of 3.15.
Now Tillack feels the school is rewarding the boy’s poor performance in two of his classes.
“I am furious and appalled,” Tillack wrote to superintendent Kurt Browning, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Talk about minimum standards! So now instead of losing privileges and trying harder, he now thinks he has done enough. I am so shocked.”
Surprisingly, at least one school official also agreed.
“I am with the parent on this one,” assistant superintendent Amelia Larson said in an e-mail to Browning, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“We want a better way of communicating progress toward our end-of-the-year outcomes so parents don’t get upset if their kids don’t come home with straight A’s,” Larson added to the Tampa Bay Times. “If we give the wrong message, the kids may be content at the level they are at.”
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