50 for nothing

El Paso schools are reconsidering a policy that guarantees students a minimum grade of 50 on report cards, even if they’ve cut classes and made no effort.

Luis Villalobos, the executive director of administrative relations, the department in charge of district policy, said the rule was established as a way to help struggling students pull off a passing grade at the end of the school year.

“This comes more into play in high school where students have the opportunity to pull something off in the second semester even if they did poorly in the first one,” he said. “If you give them a zero, then even if they earned a 100 in the second semester, the entire year is lost.”

What are the odds that a student earns a 0 first semester and a 100 second semester?

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