Assistant Principal On Administration Leave Over DC School Attendance Investigation


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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter
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D.C. Public Schools placed another administrator on leave during its investigation of low attendance yet high graduation rates at Ballou High School, according to The Washington Post.

Shamele Straughter, assistant principal at Ballou High School, is on administrative leave with her potential of resuming the position unknown, reported The Washington Post. The district reassigned former Ballou principal Yetunde Reeves in December with D.C. Public Schools chancellor Antwan Wilson saying she would not return.

The graduating records of over 60 percent of graduating students at Ballou contained policy violations, according to preliminary results of the investigation into Ballou. The school gave students half-credit instead of zero percent for uncompleted assignments. (RELATED: DC Schools Graduating More And More Chronically Absent Students)

“Our work right now is to make sure that all of the schools are aligned with our current policy,” said Wilson at a press conference earlier in January. “We are implementing a transcript review process.”

“We also saw an inappropriate or excessive use of credit recovery for students,” said Hanseul Kang, state superintendent of education for the district. “Credit recovery policies were also found to be vague and undefined with little oversight, coordination, or training.”

Wilson’s office declined to comment further when the The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out.

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