Alabama high school students sent back to middle school after grade mishap

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BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) – A dozen students in Alabama expecting to start high school last week are heading back to the eighth grade because of a grade mishap.
    
Superintendent Dr. Keith A. Stewart said in a letter that the students were initially promoted to the ninth grade at Bessemer City High School. But the students were sent back to middle school.
    
WBRC-TV reports they had been enrolled in a program at Bessemer City Middle School, which was designed to help students who failed a grade catch up and graduate. In the program, students took seventh-grade classes part of the year and eighth-grade classes the rest of the year. But Stewart says there was no record of those students passing the eighth-grade classes.
    
Stewart says he had no choice but to hold them back because the school couldn’t produce the needed grades for them.
 

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