Teacher Allows Students To Buy Grades

Teacher Students Buy Grades – Jeff Spires was a math teacher at Charlotte County High School in Fort Myers until he let his students buy good grades. The school soon found out about his scheme and were quite surprised.

Spires was suspended without pay on Oct. 14 and resigned two weeks later after students reported the matter. He had been a teacher in the district since 2002 and told school officials he changed test scores for money because he was having financial trouble amid a bankruptcy, arrests and jail time.

“Maybe I see the kids are as desperate as I am,” he told the school’s investigators.

According to a report issued by the school and shared by ABC affiliate WZVN in Fort Myers, Fla., Spires admitted that “he had taken money from two different math students in exchange for improving their grades in math class.”

All students had to do was staple the cash to the test or quiz they wanted Spires to amend, according to the report.

One unidentified junior reported paying the teacher as much as $40 at a time on two separate occasions in exchange for improving a couple of grades on his quizzes and tests. The student ended the quarter with a B, when he actually deserved a C for his work, the school found.

A senior also paid $15 and $30 for his grade to be improved on a quiz, officials found. However, the money did not impact his quarter grade. School officials reported that Spires did, however, turn down an offer of $200 from a senior to change her quarter grade from a B to an A, because the grades had already been recorded.

“This is one of the most disturbing events I’ve seen in my 40 years,” Douglas Whittaker, Charlotte County Public Schools superintendent, told WZVN.

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