GOLDSBORO, N.C. - Selling candy didn't raise much money last year, so a middle school in Goldsboro tried selling grades.
However, the fundraiser came to an abrupt halt Wednesday, when Wayne County school administrators stopped the fundraiser, after reading about it in a newspaper report.
A $20 donation to Rosewood Middle School would have gotten a student 20 test points - 10 extra points on two tests of the student's choosing. That could raise a B to an A, or a failing grade to a D.
Susie Shepherd, the principal, said a parent advisory council came up with the idea, and she endorsed it. She said the council was looking for a new way to raise money.
"Last year they did chocolates, and it didn't generate anything," Shepherd said.
Shepherd rejected the suggestion that the school is selling grades. Extra points on two tests won't make a difference in a student's final grade, she said.
It's wrong to think that "one particular grade could change the entire focus of nine weeks," Shepherd said.
Rebecca Garland, the chief academic officer for the state Department of Public Instruction, said she understands that schools are struggling in the recession, but exchanging grades for money teaches children the wrong lessons.