In my long career as a teacher, the practice of bumping up a grade of 63 or 64 to a 65 was common .
Just as Julius Brown claims, administrators always emphasized that failing a student by one or two points would only invite a confrontation with parents.
Was this academic mercy or good public relations? Who knows?
For more than 30 years, that's how it was in my district. And according to educators from other districts, that's how it was in theirs.
So the Hempstead school board's outrage at Brown for admitting to this policy makes me wonder, did the board really not know what was going on? And if so, isn't that a more serious indictment?
Joseph Governale, Holbrook
Editor's note: The writer is retired from the Brentwood school district.