Following Lawsuit, City Schools Release (some) Investigation Results
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Eight months after Project Baltimore first exposed allegations of grade changing in a Baltimore City Public School, the first results of the district’s internal investigation have been released. FOX45 had to sue City Schools to learn why the allegations of grade changing at Northwood Appold Community Academy II, or NACA II, were deemed unsubstantiated.
The district released eight pages of the report that lay out the steps City Schools took to investigate serious allegations of grade changing. But the “findings” and “recommendations” were redacted, raising many questions.
The report found six seniors who had failing grades changed to passing so they could graduate. All six were found to have legitimate reasons. But, buried in a footnote, the investigator confirms an unwritten rule – not just at this one school but throughout the entire district - where failing grades of 58% and 59% are rounded-up to 60%, which is passing.
One teacher says if she wants to truly fail a student, she has to give him a 57% or less. Even with this information, which appears to confirm failing grades are being changed, North Avenue found the allegations Fox45 reported to be “unsubstantiated.”
With this information, which appears to confirm failing grades are being changed, North Avenue found the grade fixing allegations Fox45 reported to be “unsubstantiated.”
The eight pages from City Schools is just a small part of the complete investigation that North Avenue conducted. City Schools declined to release the supporting documents saying it’s not in the public interest. FOX45 believes you have a right to see it all. So our lawsuit continues.
On Monday, March 12, Project Baltimore will take you through the eight pages, You can decide for yourself if City Schools did a thorough enough job investigating the accusations of grade changing.