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Foxbaltimore.com reports that Baltimore County Public Schools has adopted a new philosophy as the foundation for its grading system for the first time in 20 years.

Many teachers just learned about the policy change when they returned to school last week.

Under the new system, a student’s behavior is factored out of his or her grades. The school system also now recommends that teachers do not factor homework into overall grades or give students marks below 50%.

For more information go to foxbaltimore.com