Marlin, TX

Texas School Postpones Graduation As 85% Of Students Fail To Earn Diploma

Matt Lillywhite

Only 5 of 33 pupils at Marlin High School passed their exams and met the requirements for graduation...
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A high school in Texas was recently forced to postpone graduation after 85% of students failed to earn diploma.

According to reports published by The New York Post, just five of the thirty-three pupils passed their diplomas and met the requirements for graduation. The remaining 28 students didn't meet the necessary requirements for graduation due to poor grades and attendance, per an official statement.

The decision to postpone graduation is said to be part of a larger effort by Marlin Independent School District (ISD) to maintain high academic standards and ensure student success. The district has also reaffirmed its commitment to providing students with the necessary resources and support, and it views the new graduation date as evidence of this commitment.

"Our commitment to excellence remains unshaken." said Superintendent Dr. Darryl Henson. "We hold firm to our belief that every student in Marlin ISD can and will achieve their potential. We maintain high expectations, not as an imposition, but as a show of faith in our students' abilities. As we navigate these challenges, one thing is clear: students in Marlin ISD will be held to the same high standard as any other student in Texas."

It's worth noting that Marlin ISD recently approved a 4-day week. According to a press release by Marlin Independent School District, the switch to a 4-day week has numerous benefits, including operational cost savings and improved academic performance. It's also easier to recruit and retain high-quality teachers since Marlin ISD compensates them with up to $1,500 (if they need to commute).

"The adoption of a Four-Day Week Calendar is a significant step towards providing students with a well-rounded educational experience, while also meeting the needs of teachers and staff," Superintendent Dr. Darryl Henson said. "We are excited to see the positive impact this change will have on the community of Marlin."

According to a recent poll by NPR, 93% say they're asked to do too much for the pay they receive. Approximately 22% of Americans believe teachers are paid fairly, and 75% say teachers are "asked to do too much work for the pay they receive."

"We need to help support teachers as much as we can so that the good ones aren't burning out and, you know, finding waitressing jobs because they can either get more money or they just don't want to deal with it," said Sylvia Gonzales, a teacher in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area.

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