Ballou High School, in Washington, D.C is located in one of the poorest districts in the area. Often, kids in those areas struggle to keep up and stay in school. School records show that the kids in the school struggled for years to keep up with learning and graduating on time. However, further investigation discovered that something unimaginable was occurring at the school. Dozens of kids with poor attendance records and academic records were allowed to graduate. This clearly is against the school district policy.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Orders Report
The investigation begin because the D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a report concerning the large number of students that seemed to graduate even though they missed school multiple months. They discovered that many of the schools in the area were not following district policy. In fact, they overlooked violations. The most disturbing news that surfaced was that the schools had their own policy of simply passing and graduating students to get them out of the educational system.
Highest Ranking Educational Officer Placed On Leave
All this disturbing news concerning the Washington D.C. educational system was released around the time that chief of D.C.’s secondary schools, Jane Spence, was released from her post. In addition, the school district has also released several high ranking school officials at the Ballou High School. Investigators suggest that a strong lack of communication and a policy to report violations led to the downfall of the school system in the Washington D.C. area. Now, a giant shadow is cast over all the graduates in the school system, which is very distressing.