Ala. education department monitoring Selma schools

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Alabama Department of Education is monitoring Selma's school district and has drafted a more than 80-page corrective plan after probing allegations of sexual misconduct and administrators pressuring teachers to change students' grades.

Aside from those allegations, a state investigation found that district officials didn't enforce state and local policies on graduation requirements and awarding academic credit.

Superintendent Gerald Shirley told the Selma Times Journal that district officials received a letter from the Department of Education Wednesday and district employees will be provided with a copy of the 83-page corrective plan. The plan lays out four broad goals and 17 more specific goals for the district.

Among other things, the plan calls for the district to implement a system-wide evaluation program that will include assessments for teachers, administrators, central office staff, the superintendent and more.

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