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Students at some schools in South Carolina no longer to have worry about facing a big red zero on their homework – even if it’s late, found to be plagiarized, or not turned in at all.

That’s because Greenville Co. middle schools have decided to roll out a new “no-zero” grading policy, which would raise the score on assignments that would ordinarily get a zero to a 61 percent.

While still a failing grade, administrators argue that the new default is decidedly less punitive, and “much easier to come back from,” according to Fox Carolina.

“The idea that we're not putting zeroes in the gradebook or not putting grades below 61 has been really a positive thing for children who might struggle with or without a lot of support at home,” said Principal Karen Kapp of Sevier Middle School.

But some parents are raising eyebrows at the new policy, which could suggest to students that “you don’t even need to try [or] do anything at all, to get 61 percent,” said Heather Childers.

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