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Allegations of grade-fixing plague the DC suburbs

Gov Larry Hogan, Republican of Maryland, is concerned about a possible “fire” in Prince George’s County Public Schools, FOX-5 in DC reports.

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“We keep hearing all of this outcry,” the station quoted him as saying. “We haven’t seen any evidence, but when there’s smoke, there’s usually fire and there’s an awful lot of smoke out there. We just want to find out if something is on fire.”

He’s talking about allegations that grades had been changed unlawfully for the county’s public school students in order to allow hundreds of them to graduate over the past few years without having met the state’s graduation requirements for high school. Several teachers, it was reported, also came forth and said they felt tremendous pressure to increase the graduation rate.

The current charges, most of which involve corruption and fraud, not completely new subjects in Prince George’s County, were volleyed by four members of the county’s school board, but Mr Hogan has called for the state board, being a somewhat independent body, to look into the matter and decide what, if anything, should be done about it.

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