Starting this fall, Mount Olive Middle and High School students will have to work harder to earn a passing grade.
The Mount Olive school board voted 8-1 Monday night to eliminate the “D” grade in the middle and high school grading systems.
Last month, Superintendent Larrie Reynolds proposed the policy as a way to encourage students to learn — not just earn credits, Reynolds said.
“I’m tired of kids coming to school and not learning and getting credit for it,” he said. “We intend to be the beacon of excellence in Morris County, and to do that, we have to fix it.”
Currently, anything under a 65 is considered failing. The new policy, which is expected to be in effect by September, would raise the failure score to anything under a 70.
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