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Dunbar Principal Placed on Leave Following DCPS Audit

A final audit involving alleged grade-fixing within the D.C. Public Schools system has been released, stating in addition to its findings that the principal of Dunbar High School in Northwest has been placed on leave.

Mayor Muriel Bowser joined D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson and State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang Monday afternoon in the Wilson Building in downtown D.C., where they provided a public briefing.

While the audit shows Ballou Senior High School as the second-worst in D.C., having graduating 63.3 percent of students who violated attendance policies, Anacostia High School was the worst at 69.8 percent.

“[Monday’s] final analysis confirms the troubling findings released two weeks ago,” said Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), chair of the council’s education committee. “It further demonstrates that this is a system wide failure on the part of our schools and administration to adhere to the policies and practices put in place to prepare our students for the world beyond 12grade.”

The latest audit was ordered after Ballou came under fire for allegedly inflating grades and attendance records. As a result, Principal Yetunde Reeves was reassigned, and secondary schools chief Jane Spence was later placed on administrative leave.

DCPS has also noted that as of May, teachers will adhere to a new grading policy.

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