Mom calls out teacher who gave her son a ‘zero’ grade for not providing class with supplies.


The article discusses a controversy sparked by a mother, Shanitta Nicole, who posted a viral TikTok video after her son received a zero grade at school for not providing classroom supplies. Despite Nicole ensuring her son had all the necessary supplies from the school’s list, the teacher expected him to provide additional items for the entire class. After Nicole complied and bought the items, her son’s grade remained unchanged, prompting her to contact the teacher and later the principal.

The situation raised questions about the responsibility of parents to supply classroom materials and the appropriateness of tying students’ grades to the provision of these supplies. While the school eventually acknowledged that teachers could request but not mandate donations, the incident highlighted broader issues of educational funding and resource allocation.

The article also touches on the financial burdens faced by both teachers and parents. Teachers often spend their own money on classroom supplies, with an average annual expenditure of $673, according to a survey by the Association of American Educators. Similarly, parents face significant expenses for school supplies, estimated at nearly $600 annually. The article concludes by emphasizing the need for a systemic solution to the issue, which affects teachers, parents, and students alike.

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