Project Baltimore investigates grade-changing allegations in City School
A months-long Project Baltimore investigation has uncovered serious allegations of grade changing at a Baltimore City School. Educators tell Fox45 they failed seniors in required classes, yet those students were given diplomas.
Over the next few weeks, starting Wednesday August 2, on Fox45 News at 10 p.m., Project Baltimore will take you through this investigation. There are many layers and the allegations go high up.
The investigation centers around Northwood Appold Community Academy II in northeast Baltimore. We’ll call it NACA II.
Project Baltimore has spoken with four employees of this school. Their identities are being protected due to the nature of the allegations and because they fear retaliation. These educators had serious concerns about how students are graduating and what they describe as a pressure to pass seniors at any cost – a 2017 graduating class referred to at NACA II as the “Fabulous 44”.
“The focus was to have the fabulous 44 graduate,” one educator told Fox45. “No matter what. We were told that in January.”
That same educator, we were told, submitted failing grades for six students – in a required course – yet every one of those students somehow received a diploma. Project Baltimore obtained report cards and final grades submitted by teachers, that contain the failing grades. This raised many questions, especially after Fox45 learned of the school’s test proficiency scores compared to its graduation rate.
These are allegations we took straight to Baltimore City Schools Administration.
“It is something we would look into,” said City Schools Chief Academic Officer Sean Conley, when ask if what Project Baltimore found raises red flags.
But it’s not just grades and graduation rates that have educators worried. Another NACA II employee described a climate of fear.
“Fights in school. Fires set,” explained the educator. “We had one student throw a book at a teacher and hit her in the eye.”
Multiple educators at NACA II believe it should be closed.