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Florida mom upset when her son makes honor rolls with D's

CNN
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 3:28pm

A Florida mom couldn't believe her son made the honor roll because he had a "D" letter grade on his report card.

"I immediately assumed it's a mistake," said mother, Beth Tillack.

You're looking at a take two of Beth Tillack's son's report card.

"Doesn't make any sense?" said Tillack.

Pasco Middle School is yanking back the first copy sent home after Tillack called out what she calls confusing marks.

"The positive comments on the right side of the report card and then on the left side, the glaring D and C," said Tillack.

Tillack recalls the first draft reading, 'Good Job,' in a hand-written note from a teacher, a smiley face, and word that her son even made the honor roll. All despite getting "C" and "D" letter grades.

"The bottom line is there is nothing honorable about making a D. I was not happy, because how can I get my child to study for a test when he thinks he's done enough," said Tillack.

"It's hard." said Pasco Middle School Principal Kim Anderson explaining the hand-written note as encouragement.

This is something teachers have been doing since the 90's.

Though in Tillack's son's case, that "Good Job" replaced with "Work on Civics, Ask for Help"

"I think I'll caution teachers to look at report cards carefully," said Anderson.

And on Tillack's son making honor roll, the principal says it's based on points.

So enough points for A's can easily offset even an F to make Honor Roll.

That's district policy and one she doesn't like.

"I do think it's important that we look at the situation," said Tillack. "It makes my job at home so difficult. There should definitely be a cut off."

According to a CNN affiliate, district leaders are considering changes to the Honor Roll requirements.  

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