UPDATE: 38 Tucson High seniors won't graduate due to cheating scandal

UPDATE: 38 Tucson High seniors won't graduate due to cheating scandal

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Unified School District has completed its investigation into a cheating scandal at Tucson High Magnet School.

Stefanie Boe, spokeswoman for the TUSD, said 48 students were involved in the grade-changing incident and 38 of them were seniors. Boe said students involved told investigators they were charged a range of $20-$200 for other students to change their grades. District officials do not know why.

As KOLD News 13 first reported last week, the investigation began May 12 when a teacher noticed the students' marks in her electronic grade book were not what she recalled.

The 38 seniors will not be allowed to graduate with their classmates this week. TUSD Superintendent Dr. H.T. Sanchez has said the students will be given the opportunity to retake the class over the summer. If they earn a passing grade, they'll be allowed to graduate.

Boe said the investigation revealed three students collected money in exchange for changing the grades. Tucson News Now has learned the class this happened in was a credit recovery class, meaning the students taking it needed to earn certain credits to catch up or graduate.

The incident is now in the hands of the TUSD legal department, according to Boe. They will determine if the incident needs to be handed over to local law enforcement agencies.

Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman with the Tucson Police Department, has said the students could face potential charges but the TPD is not involved. Dugan said the TPD would not become involved unless contacted by TUSD.

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