Two Alabama Teachers Allege Pressure to Change Grades

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Two Montgomery Public Schools teachers have alleged that they felt pressured to make improper grade changes.

Reports say Pamela West and Gardenia Wilson told the Montgomery County Board of Education they thought the decision to transfer them to other schools stemmed from their refusal to give students easier work to raise their grades.

Board members and district spokesman Tom Salter have denied the allegations. Salter says teachers are responsible for giving students multiple opportunities to learn and earn a passing grade if they fail to master a concept.

Last year, twenty teachers in the district said they had either witnessed or participated in thousands of grade changes to lower the district's failure rates.

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