Survey: DC Teachers Pressured To Change Grades, DOJ Recovers Missing FBI Text Messages

Survey: DC Teachers Pressured To Change Grades

A new survey by the Washington Teachers Union says hundreds of DC teachers felt pressured to change grades and attendance records. The survey is the latest fuel being added to a grade-fixing controversy at city schools. The WTU and EmpowerED survey was conducted from November to December of 2017. According to the report, more than 46-percent of teachers said they felt pressured to change a grade or to pass a student who did not meet requirements. More than 55-percent of teachers surveyed said the graduation rates at their schools did not match students’ performance.

DOJ Recovers Missing FBI Text Messages

The Department of Justice says it recovered months of missing text messages exchanged by two FBI employees who were critical of President Trump. GOP lawmakers say the messages show the political bias of the agency against Trump in the Russia investigations. According to a separate investigation, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page privately sent critical text messages about Trump during the election. Following news of the exchange, Special Counsel Robert Mueller had the two removed from his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Teenage Defendant In Kentucky Shootings Ordered Held, May Face Trial In Adult Court

The teenager suspected of opening fire on his classmates at a Kentucky high school will likely be tried in adult court. A probable cause hearing was held today for the 15-year-old defendant accused of killing two teenagers and injuring more than a dozen others on Tuesday. Marshall County Assistant County Attorney Jason Darnall says his office notified the juvenile court and defense counsel it will seek transfer of the case to adult court. Darnall says the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice will determine the location where the teen will be held.

Ravens’ Humphrey Charged With Robbery

Baltimore Ravens rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey is facing robbery charges in Alabama. TuscaloosaNews.com reports Humphrey is charged with third-degree robbery after being accused of stealing a phone charger at a hotel on the University of Alabama campus earlier this month. The Ravens released a statement saying Humphrey told them it was a misunderstanding regarding a 15 dollar charger, which he thought was his. The Ravens selected the former Alabama player with the 16th overall pick in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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