The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on an alleged grade-fixing scandal at a local public high school
Three of Franklin High School's four counselors apparently changed grades improperly last school year to inflate the academic records of about 50 students, Seattle Public Schools officials said yesterday...The changes to student transcripts affected mostly seniors with grade-point averages close to the 2.0 threshold for a diploma, officials said. But some students with higher GPAs also benefited -- getting false credit for honors courses...Interim district Superintendent Raj Manhas and district lawyer Mark Green said hundreds of grades were changed, apparently through unilateral action by the counselors altering computer records. It's not clear why the counselors changed the grades, they said... The district does not plan to restore the improperly altered grades to the original marks, Manhas said. "We have no intention of hurting our students for adult behavior," he saidInstead, they will hurt the students by permitting them to go out in the real world without a decent education.
The district did not name the counselors linked to the tampering, but sources identified them as Acie Dubose, Kory Kumasaka and Jolyon Raymond. None could be reached yesterday for comment.It appears that racism might be involved:
Kumasaka is the son of Seattle School Board member Jan Kumasaka, the sources said.
Earl Riley's son was a senior last year, but because he didn't earn a 2.0 in a couple of classes, he didn't graduate and he's now working to get those credits.
"I just wanted to ask if there was a pattern of ethnic groups," said Riley, who is African American. "It wasn't given to my son."
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 19, 2003 09:37 AM