MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Six Montgomery Public Schools educators accused of participating in a district-wide grade changing scheme are facing state trials.
The district's former assistant superintendent, two principals, an assistant principal and two teachers are expected to appear before an administrative law judge in December, The Montgomery Advertiser reported Sunday. The educators could lose their teaching certificates.
More than 40 Montgomery Public Schools employees were accused of participating in the grade-changing scheme, which led to the Alabama State Department of Education to investigate the district's grading procedures.
Investigations by state and district officials found that grades were changed for more than 200 students at three high schools to make the schools' performance records look better. The probe also revealed allegations of teacher intimidation.
Alabama Schools Superintendent Tommy Bice has said the probe found multiple widespread and systemic issues within the district, and some schools officials could face disciplinary hearings. He said late last year that the improper grade changes involved supervisors and not classroom teachers.
Bice told Montgomery Public Schools officials in early October that the state would offer "unprecedented resources" to help transform the district.
The district's former superintendent, Barbara Thompson, signed a separation agreement last month and was replaced by Interim Superintendent Margaret Allen. The separation agreement called for Thompson to be paid a year's salary plus vacation time and up to $10,000 for moving expenses.
Earlier this year, four of seven employees who were placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation were reinstated to their positions.
Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com