we have students who have successfully completed the first three marking periods and they are, with pen and pencil, calculating how little work they can do and still receive a passing grade.
Hey, nobody ever said slackers weren't clever. Joanne Jacobs, who picked up the story, notes that teacher's unions in the affected districts are objecting to the policy as an infringement on academic freedom.
That students will figure out how to game the system ought not to surprise any economists. People. Respond. To. Incentives.