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Rise & Shine: Grade-changing investigation is over, but why is no one being held accountable?

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Memphis school leaders were told this week that the investigation they commissioned nearly a year ago to look into excessive changes to students' grades at some Shelby County schools was inconclusive. Specifically, auditors said that so many of the forms that were supposed to be used by school staff to document grade changes were missing that is was impossible to determine whether grade tampering had occurred. Rather than take more taxpayer money, auditors advised school board members to suspend the probe. Further scrutiny, the board was told, would likely yield the same results anyway.

Board members accepted the advice and Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said he would rather focus the measures that have been put in the place — and that are continuing to be implemented  —  to prevent further transgressions.

Reporter Laura Kebede looks back at what prompted the investigation in the first place and examines why the district isn't pursuing the matter further.

— Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief

 

 

 


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