Report: Grade-fixing Suspected at Detroit Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- A newspaper says Detroit Public Schools officials are investigating possible illegal grade-fixing.
The Detroit Free Press reports Thursday that a review of obtained records reveals that grades for as many as 94 science students at Durfee Elementary were changed to passing last year, a practice known as "social promotion."
Durfee is the same school where science teacher Marjorie Pasqualle says she turned in 94 D's and F's for June report cards that were later changed without her consent to C's.
Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb said "anyone who changes a grade is history."
DPS has a 59 percent graduation rate and some of the nation's lowest test scores.
Altering records is a misdemeanor with penalties including fines up to $2,500, two years in jail and suspension of a teaching certificate.


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