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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  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Feb 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM
    Blame the teacher? How do you expect to teach a class when the majority of the class room is full of "thugs" who could care less about learning in the first place. I couldn't imagine being a teacher these days, especially in Detroit.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Perhaps the teacher was trying to fix the problem with the detroit system by keeping the students behind until the learn the material. You can make up 4 years wasted education in one year.
  • by Corky Location: Kalamazoo on Feb 10, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    If you have 94 students getting D's and F's it isn't the kids fault it's the teacher's! She shouldn't even be giving out grades until they get it!
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Feb 10, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    Watch the movie "Trailer Park Boys." The movie will show exactly what kind of people Detroit is dealing with here.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    Gasp. Say it isn't so. Detroit doing something shady? I am sure any and/or all so called "test" can be manipulated to reflect whatever is needed to get the allmighty dollar. It isn't about educating the children these days.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    Cheating the system does not help the student in preparing for real life. The only thing that it prepares them for is a life of expecting handouts and self entitlements.
  • by DumAsMe Location: Lansing on Feb 10, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Give them all an "A" so they can feel good about themselves. I'm sure it will motivate students who worked hard for their grades to continue to excel in their classes. Some how this all seems to be related to MONEY for someone and it's not teachers.
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