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TUSD board member calls for investigation of Pueblo HS grade changing

Posted at 10:10 AM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 21:05:12-04

Tucson Unified School District governing board member Michael Hicks is calling for a full investigation of Pueblo High School's grade-changing controversy.

Hicks is responding to KGUN9's reporting on the scandal in which a teacher provided evidence of the potentially illegal activities.

The teacher provided printed documents that showed six grades being changed from F to D. The teacher contended that passing students without her consent violated Title 15 of state law.

“The law is clear," Hicks said in a statement. "Our teachers and students deserve to be protected from staff that would violate the law simply to improve performance numbers. The officials involved need to be held accountable for robbing our students and teachers of a level playing field. In this case, it appears that administrators provided more “assistance” to only some students. Not only is cheating unethical, in this case, for a group of adults who claim to value equity, the actions certainly only favored a few administrators and cheated both kids and teachers.”