Ala. education department monitoring Selma schools
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Education is monitoring Selma's school district and has drafted a more than 80-page corrective plan after probing allegations of sexual misconduct and administrators pressuring teachers to change students' grades.
Aside from those allegations, a state investigation found that district officials didn't enforce state and local policies on graduation requirements and awarding academic credit.
Superintendent Gerald Shirley told the Selma Times Journal that district officials received a letter from the Department of Education Wednesday and district employees will be provided with a copy of the 83-page corrective plan.
The plan lays out four broad goals and 17 more specific goals for the district.
Among other things, the plan calls for the district to implement a system-wide evaluation program that will include assessments for teachers, administrators, central office staff, the superintendent and more.
Craig Pouncey, chief of staff for the Alabama Department of Education, said the district failed to adequately respond to concerns that were raised by the public.
"There was just a lack of proper reporting, and a lack of thorough investigations that resulted in a lot of allegations floating around the community about what was going and what wasn't going on," Pouncey said. "They should have been stamped out when they first surfaced. I think anytime there are allegations about students being mistreated one way or another, public school officials have a legal duty to get to the very bottom of it."
State School Superintendent Tommy Bice set a March 15, 2014 deadline for the district to provide a progress report.
Information from: Times Journal, http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/
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