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August 2, 2019
Memphis principal gets new assignment after probe into harassment and grade-changing at Kingsbury High ends
Terry Ross, who had served as principal at Kingsbury High School since 2014, was suspended with pay a year ago pending completion of the investigation.
January 14, 2019
Seven months after a Kingsbury High teacher came forward with allegations against the principal, the investigation is still ongoing
Last spring, several teachers and a school counselor said Principal Terry Ross pressured them to promote students who had not earned a passing grade.
January 9, 2019
Memphis principal demoted over grade changes will not be reinstated
The dispute between the district and Smith boils down to how principals show evidence of changes to student grades.
Student & School Performance
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.
grappling with grades
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.”
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