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Kingsbury H.S. Teacher Accuses Principal And Staff Of Improper Grade Changing

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - A Kingsbury High School math teacher is going public with allegations that she was forced to change student's grades. 

Alesia Harris says her principal made her do it.  Harris says she repeatedly reached out to the Shelby County School District about grade changing practices at Kingsbury High School. She says the district's investigation revealed the changes were an accident, but she was never reassured those grades were changed back, so she took her concerns public. 

Local 24 wants to warn you the recording on the video makes it difficult to hear her, but we felt it was important that you hear the accusations directly from her. 

"I've been harassed in faculty meetings. I've been told by the principal that a student who did not earn a passing grade was going to pass and that I could record him and tell whoever I want that he said that which is exactly what I'm doing now," Harris explained. 

Harris brought serious grade changing claims to the Shelby County School Board Tuesday night. Harris says around graduation time, she noticed in her power school book that 17 of her student's grades were changed from failing to 100%.

"I came to you all for help. I sent two emails telling you all, the heads of this district what was going on at Kingsbury. I worked in the school with a principal that is nothing less than a bully," Harris stressed to the board.

She explained to the board this was not the first discrepancy. Back in February, Harris wrote a letter to board members, in it, it states Kingsbury High School principal, Dr. Terry Ross scolded her for putting 400 zeros in power school because students were not turning in their work. 

"The district has indicated that they've settled it, but when you settle something there should be some results and we've not seen any results," said Keith Williams, Executive Director of the Memphis/Shelby County Education Association.

A Shelby County School District spokesperson tells Local 24 the district is looking into the matter. 

“I just think that we ought to investigate it to the fullest and make sure we know exactly what happened,” said Chris Caldwell, board member, Shelby County Schools. 

Harris hopes coming forward will spark change. 

“Stop trying to sweep these behaviors under the rug, stop trying to act like these things are not happening,” Harris said. 

Local 24 reached out to Dr. Terry Ross, principal of Kingsbury High School and have not heard back from him. Harris says she has been reassigned at the school and she believes it is because she came forward with the allegations. 

SVS released the following statement Thursday morning after this story first aired:

"We have taken aggressive steps and measures to refine our processes to ensure that all grade changes are properly documented and approved. The allegations recently made about improper grade changes at Kingsbury HS are inaccurate.  This matter was investigated last school year after an employee self-reported to inadvertently change student grades. The school administration immediately reported, and the central office team took the necessary actions and promptly corrected the errors."

 


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