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Augusta schools to end year earlier than planned, changes made to grading structure

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Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 1:41 PM EDT
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Augusta students are expected to have shortened school year now, one that does not include grading students on their work.

The Kennebec Journal reports the school board approved a plan that allows teachers to continue educating students, but their work won't be graded.

The school board also proposed the last day of learning as June 5th.

It would mean 167 days of school for students, shy of the 175 days normally required by state law.

The typical requirement has been waived by the Department of Education.

As far as the classwork, students or families don't have to take part in learning at all, if they are unwilling or unable.

The concern is that mandatory work may be unfair to students without the required technology or other situations.

The superintendent says this is not education as usual but rather "emergency education".