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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 10:40 PM

Four school board members in Prince George's County allege fraud in graduation rates

Four members of Prince George’s County’s school board have urged Gov. Larry Hogan to order an investigation into what they allege is a systemic effort to fraudulently boost graduation rates in the Maryland school district.

The members, a minority bloc on a 14-member board, say the state’s second-largest district engaged in “widespread systemic corruption” that has inflated graduation rates since 2014. They allege that grades were changed and that students were credited for courses they did not take.

“Whistleblowers at almost ­every level in [Prince George’s County Public Schools] have clear and convincing evidence that PGCPS has graduated hundreds of students who did not meet the Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements,” the four said in a letter.

The accusations drew a strong reaction from other school board members and senior school system officials.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/four-board-members-in-maryland-school-system-allege-fraud-in-graduation-rates/2017/06/19/391dbf68-54f3-11e7-b38e-35fd8e0c288f_story.html

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