Montgomery Public Schools grade-changing investigation

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Six Montgomery Public Schools educators accused of participating in a district-wide grade changing scheme are facing state trials.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports the district's former assistant superintendent, two principals, an assistant principal and two teachers are expected to appear before an administrative law judge in December.

The newspaper reports the educators could lose their teaching certificates.

Two Montgomery Public Schools teachers have alleged that they felt pressured to make improper grade changes.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported Sunday that (http://on.mgmadv.com/11ogYd0) Pamela West and Gardenia Wilson told the Montgomery County Board of Education they thought the decision to transfer them to other schools stemmed from their refusal to give students easier work to raise their grades.

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Montgomery school officials say four of the seven Montgomery Public Schools employees placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into improper grade changing will be reinstated.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/11PrgPY) that three employees were cleared of all wrongdoing, and a fourth was found to have only followed the directions of a supervisor.

In the wake of a probe into allegations of improper grade changing, Montgomery Public Schools has increased oversight of its grading and credit recovery system.

The Montgomery Advertiser Thursday (http://on.mgmadv.com/10ZhPRL ) reported the Alabama State Department of Education required the city's school district to more closely monitor the grading and credit recovery system to ensure employees are following established guidelines.

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The superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools says that seven employees will be placed on leave immediately for their role in a grade-changing scandal.

Superintendent Barbara Thompson said no teachers were among those who were penalized.

Thompson and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange made the comments at a Tuesday news conference. Thompson and Strange credited teachers who they say resisted some administrators' efforts to get them to change student grades.

State officials have been investigating allegations of widespread cheating in the Montgomery system.

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Alabama's schools superintendent says a state investigation into grade-changing allegations at Montgomery Public Schools has turned up "significant findings."

Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice tells The Montgomery Advertiser that he has been provided with a large number of documents related to the findings, which he called "troubling."

Bice said the findings uncovered in the investigation are serious enough that he planned to spend part of the upcoming holiday period reviewing the documents.