7 Employees on Leave After Inquiry into Grade Changing at Montgomery (Ala.) Public Schools

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Investigations into grade changing allegations within Montgomery Public Schools has led to seven employees being placed on administrative leave for allegedly pressuring teachers to make improper changes before ultimately making the changes themselves, according to MPS superintendent Barbara Thompson.

The grade changing allegations were first reported by the Montgomery Advertiser, following a six-month investigation and interviews with more than 40 current and former MPS employees. Allegations of changes led to MPS officials requesting two investigations – one by a former FBI investigator hired by the Montgomery County Board of Education and the other by the Alabama State Department of Education – over the past two months.

“We did find a small number of employees who were not following the guidelines in place,” Thompson said.

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