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New developments in MPS grade changing investigation

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

WSFA 12 News has learned new information in the Montgomery Public Schools grade changing investigation.

Attorneys for those accused of wrongly changing grades are coming forward saying the state is going against it's typical policy and they say there is no reason anyone should lose their teaching license.

James Anderson, one of the attorneys representing three of the six educators, says the state is going against its normal policy. Now he and other lawyers have filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Anderson says the Alabama Department of Education has sent letters of intent to revoke Alabama education certificates from Dr. Lorenza Pharrams, current Lee High School principal, Lewis Washington, former assistant superintendent, Michael Gibbs, former principal of Lanier High School, Dr. Betty Cargill and Dr. Jacob Holloway, who worked with the credit recovery program, and Glenda Harrison, former assistant principal at Jeff Davis. Harrison was never mentioned in the first investigation, according to Anderson.

The main issue at hand, Anderson says the State Department of Education procedure is to use administrative law judge J.R. Gaines for central and south Alabama, but Anderson says when it came to this case, the state randomly picked a different judge who has never tried this type of case.

Attorneys want a judge to make the state explain why there was a sudden change. They have also filed a motion for status conference for a preliminary injunction.

WSFA 12 News reached out to the State Department of Education and a spokesman said their general counsel was out of the office and wouldn't be available for comment.

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