Program Allowing Students To Buy Grade Points Shut Down

A program that involved selling test points to students at one Wayne County school has been stopped.

The program at Rosewood school in Goldsboro is to be shut down immediately, no extra credit will be given and all donations will be returned.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Rosewood had come up with a novel fundraising plan after last year's chocolate sale failed to meet expectations. The school was selling 20 test points to students in exchange for a $20-dollar donation.

Here is the statement from the school system:

"WCPS Statement: Rosewood Middle Fundraiser

On Tuesday afternoon, November 10, it was brought to the attention of district administration that Susie Shepherd, Rosewood Middle School Principal, had endorsed a school fundraiser that allowed students to receive extra grade credit as an incentive for collecting donations for the school. The district was not previously aware of this fundraiser.

Wayne County Public Schools and the Wayne County Board of Education do not condone any fundraiser or practice that allows extra grade credit to be purchased.

Yesterday afternoon, the district administration met with Mrs. Shepherd and directed that 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. The district will continue its investigation into this matter and additional actions will be taken if deemed necessary."

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