MNPS investigating Stratford H.S. principal for alleged ‘grade discrepancies’


The principal of Stratford STEM Magnet High School is on paid administrative leave while the district investigates issues with grades.

According to Metro School officials, Dr. Michael Steele is accused of some kind of inappropriate action described only as “grade discrepancies.”

News 2 obtained an official letter sent to Steele from the school system on May 14. 

It says Steele is not allowed to be on school property, contact anyone from the school, including students and parents or attend any events while the investigation is ongoing. That means he likely can’t attend the school’s graduation ceremony set for this weekend. 

Stratford is located on Porter Road in East Nashville. The magnet school focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and utilizes smaller learning communities so that students can get “the highest level of education found anywhere.”

“As a parent, I want you and your children to share in our vision of a school that has the strongest desire to be an institution that fosters academic excellence,” Steele writes in a letter on the school’s website. “Stratford STEM Magnet High School is a great place for your child to prepare for their future. My door is always open, and I look forward to having the opportunity to visit with you in the future. 

Steele was placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation takes place. 

MNPS officials not yet explained the nature of the alleged “grade discrepancies,” or who else, if anyone, is also involved in the investigation. 

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 on-air and online for updates. 

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