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LA teachers criticize new homework policy

L.A. teachers are criticizing a new school policy that says homework can count for only 10 percent of a student's grade.

June 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles teachers are criticizing a new school policy that says homework can count for only 10 percent of a student's grade.

Teachers worry that the policy will encourage students to slack off assigned work. They say students who do their homework perform significantly better than those who don't.

The Los Angeles Unified School District made the change, saying students have varying degrees of academic support at home.

The district also said students should not be penalized for missed homework so severely that it prevents them from passing a class.