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Grades for Sale — Cheap!

Rosewood Middle School in Goldsboro, N.C., had a great fundraising idea: for a $20 donation to the school, the school would allow the student to add 10 points to any two tests of their choosing to boost their grades. An extra 10 points would be enough to raise the student’s grade on a test a full letter — from an F to a D, or a B to an A. Principal Susie Shepherd said the parent advisory council suggested the scheme. “Last year they did chocolates” for a fundraiser, she said, “and it didn’t generate anything.” It’s not selling grades, she insisted: it’s nonsense that “one particular grade could change the entire focus of nine weeks.” But when the school district administrators heard about the plan — from the local newspaper — they put a stop to it, ordering the school to refund any money collected. (RC/Raleigh News & Observer) ...It’s kind of sad when “district administrators do their job when principal fails” is news, but there you go.
Original Publication Date: 15 November 2009
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.

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