City/State leaders react to Project Baltimore Investigation
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - City and state elected leaders are reacting to a Project Baltimore investigation that uncovered allegations of grade changing at a Baltimore City high school.
Gov. Larry Hogan told Fox45 he is deeply troubled by what Fox45 reported. Mayor Catherine Pugh called the allegations in the report disturbing.
The school is Northwood Appold Community Academy II, or NACA II.
Through months of investigating, Project Baltimore obtained report cards and final grades from the school.
We found six seniors who failed a foreign language, a required course, yet they all graduated.
Another student graduated after being absent or late to school more than 100 days during senior year and had a first quarter GPA of 0.000.
All this in a school with just 44 graduating seniors. Multiple teachers at NACA II told Project Baltimore the grades they submitted were changed so students could graduate.
“It’s outrageous, everybody is innocent until proven guilty, but this is certainly very concerning. And I think it needs to be investigated. We want to try to provide the best education for kids. It’s not serving them by letting people who should not be graduating, letting them graduate,” said Gov. Hogan. “In this case, the city taking on its own investigation was a good idea and we are going to be following it very closely to see what the results of their investigation is.”
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh office released this statement, via Anthony McCarthy, her Director of Communications: “These allegations are very serious and disturbing and we’re happy the school system is taking them seriously and has opened an investigation.”
Two days after Project Baltimore first broke this story, Baltimore City Public Schools launched an internal investigation into NACA II. The school’s operator Cecil Gray, through his attorney, has denied the allegations of grade changing.