Reaction: State Investigates Allegations of Grade Changing at Mtgy Schools
From Montgomery -- New information into possible grade changing at Montgomery Public Schools. The Alabama State Department of Education will now conduct a separate investigation.
This comes after allegations were made that teachers and administrators gave students passing grades at three separate high schools.
State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says the investigation will start immediately, which school board members are pleased with. Some members say the allegations are a concern for parents and students.
"If it were teachers that felt like they were being told by someone above them that they had to do this then that's the part that concerns me," she says. "If the administrators are still in the school system, we need to get to the bottom of that."
But Superintendent Barbra Thompson says her administration has never received a complaint, and believes the number of grades changed would not have affected AYP scores or graduation rates.
The school board will hold a meeting Tuesday at noon to vote on whether or not the board will hire retired FBI agent John Mulligan to investigate the matter. Barbara Thompson says Mulligan was recommended by the school board's attorneys.