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District nixes cash-for-grades fundraiser


A Goldsboro, N.C., middle school’s controversial fundraiser came to an abrupt halt after a story in the News & Observer raised concerns about the practice of selling grades, the newspaper reports. Wayne County school administrators stopped the fundraiser, issuing a statement that read: "Yesterday afternoon, the district administration met with [Rosewood Middle School principal] Mrs. Shepherd and directed the following actions be taken: (1) the fundraiser will be immediately stopped; (2) no extra grade credit will be issued that may have resulted from donations; and (3) beginning November 12, all donations will be returned." A $20 donation to Rosewood Middle School would have gotten a student 20 test points–10 extra points on two tests of the student’s choosing. That could raise a B to an A, or a failing grade to a D. (See earlier story here.) Susie Shepherd, the principal, said a parent advisory council came up with the idea, and she endorsed it. She said the council was looking for a new way to raise money for technology…

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