Walker County principal believed to be fired for criticizing standards-based grading

Walker County principal believed to be fired for criticizing standards-based grading

March 20th, 2017 by Tyler Jett in Local Regional News

Update: Walker County Superintendent Damon Raines confirmed in an email his earlier statement to WRCB-TV.

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LaFayette High School Principal Mike Culberson, right, pictured with Amanda Lanier in this file photo.

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The local head of a teacher's union and the leader of a Georgia school system are at odds over whether a high school principal was fired last week.

Jim Barrett, the president of the Walker County Association of Educators, said in an email to teachers this morning that Superintendent Damon Raines fired LaFayette High School Principal Mike Culberson on Friday. 

But Raines said that no such thing has occurred.

"There have been no personnel changes in the Administration at LaFayette High School," he said in a statement. "Mr. Culberson is still the principal; however, he is not on campus today for personal reasons."

The Walker County School Board will meet at 6 p.m. today, and Barrett asked members of the association of educators to attend. He believes Culberson was fired because he was a critic of standards-based grading, a system that some teachers believe is too lenient on students.

For example, homework does not count against a student's grade.

"Mr. Culberson is one of only two remaining principals who have spoken out against the failed practice," Barrett wrote in his email.


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