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September 28, 2018
Memphis school leaders refuse to answer further questions about grade-changing investigation
Refusing to answer questions about an issue that has plagued the district for two years is a departure from a previous examination of grade changing.
September 13, 2018
Did Memphis school leaders just get a pass in the $159,000 grade-tampering probe?
The stunning decision to halt the investigation is now prompting questions about whether anyone will be held accountable, and if the investigation was reliable.
September 11, 2018
Missing documents bring early end to investigation into improper grade changes in Memphis schools
The firm hired to investigate grade changing in Memphis schools gave up after determining that the paperwork needed to prove misconduct did not exist in…
August 15, 2018
At least five educators accused Memphis principal of pressuring to pass students
Teachers reported principal pressure to give seniors last-minute makeup work to ensure they graduate — even if they ignored previous makeup work or missed weeks of school
July 20, 2018
Kingsbury High added to list of Memphis schools under investigation for grade changing
Adding Kingsbury High School to seven others in Shelby County Schools will further delay the report initially expected to be released in mid-June.
June 26, 2018
Kingsbury High teacher accuses Memphis principal of improper grade changing
A Kingsbury High School math teacher has taken her allegations over improper grade changing public. Alesia Harris said the principal directed that 17 students’ exam…
June 6, 2018
Coach fired amid Memphis grading scandal will not be reinstated, board says
Teli White's lawyer said his client is a scapegoat in a problem that goes beyond one coach and one school.
February 16, 2018
Here’s what a deeper probe of grade changing at Memphis schools will cost
A proposed contract with the accounting firm hired by Shelby County Schools contains new details on the scope of the investigation already underway.
February 14, 2018
Hopson tightens who can revise student transcripts in response to grade changing in Memphis
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson responds to state education officials in a letter outlining his plan of action to improper grade-changing at some Memphis high schools.
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February 6, 2018
Stung by low test scores and grade tampering, Memphis leaders consider a major change in grade practices
Tennessee's largest district researches a possible switch to standards-based grading and away from A-F letter grades.
January 10, 2018
Students walk out of Memphis high school to protest principal’s suspension amid grade-tampering probe
Almost 200 students walk out of class at Hamilton High School and ask for answers to questions about their school's leadership.
January 4, 2018
Grade changing at some Memphis schools prompts state order for more audits
In her sternest comments yet on the widening Memphis scandal, Tennessee's education chief calls findings of the recent grading investigation “extremely troubling.”
December 14, 2017
We read all 279 pages of reports about grade changes in Memphis. Here are five big takeaways.
Reports detailing how grades were falsified at one school open the door to look at the scope of grade-changing at other Memphis high schools. Here are the highlights.
August 27, 2014
To fix his son’s failing grades, a Bread and Roses administrator logged in and changed them
When Abdurrahim Ali saw that his son had failed classes and exams at Harlem’s Bread and Roses High School, he logged into the school’s grading system and simply…
July 1, 2010
Under investigation, a school gets low marks from teachers
As the city's investigation into grade tampering by a high school principal enters its second year, morale at the school has taken a turn for the worse. A majority of teachers at Herbert Lehman High School who took the city's annual survey said they don't trust the school's executive principal Janet Saraceno. And 81 percent said the principal is not an effective manager. Results from the survey of teachers, students, and parents also show that in the "safety and respect" category, Lehman is getting poor marks. In total, 23 percent of the school's teachers and 63 percent of students took the survey, which is below the city's average participation rates. Lehman has struggled with student safety this year and is likely to have full-time scanners installed by next fall. While most teachers said they feel safe at the school, a majority also said that crime, violence, and gang activity are a problem. After I reported on teachers' complaints that Lehman's principal was changing students' grades, Department of Education officials responded by threatening to investigate the teachers. Since then, teachers report that the DOE has not contacted them, nor has the Office of Special Investigations, which is tasked with following up on complaints.
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