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Teacher criticizes grading scale at Niles schools

Thursday, March 24, 2011

NILES — The school board heard a charge that the grading scale used by the district has placed its high school students at an “unfair disadvantage” because it is “the highest and most difficult grading scale” in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

“Our students will receive less college scholarships than neighboring communities,” said Renee Ifft, a Niles resident who taught in the district for 10 years and now teaches in McDonald.

Ifft said at tonight’s school board meeting that she knew of one student who lost a scholarship because of the higher scale, and that “Niles students often times feel compelled to take the lower-level classes in order to attain the higher grade.”

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