We received a tip this year that a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools employee was changing grades to help student athletes. We could not prove that was true but kept working on the story. The allegation resurfaced during the transfer dispute between two Chapel Hill High teachers and Superintendent Tom Forcella.
In tomorrow's CHN, correspondent Tom Hartwell reports that a CHHS data manager was suspended for two days last school year after she made errors on four student transcripts.
Our tip was not wholly accurate, according to Superintendent Tom Forcella who met with Tom and me last week. The errors were unintentional, he said, and only one involved a student-athlete. The disrict went back several years and found no pattern of preferential treatment for student-athletes.
In our story, Forcella also responds to transferred teacher Anne Thomspon's claim that one of her English students took an online class as insurance against a failing grade and was told by the administrator who arranged the course not to tell her. The former department chair corroborates Thompson's story.
You can read what Forcella says about that incident and yet another incident he says has fueled rumors of preferential treatment for student-athletes in tomorrow's edition. We welcome your comments and news tips at email@example.com and at 919-932-2003.