Hogan ‘outraged’ over results, response to Pr. George’s Co. graduation audit


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks to reporters in Annapolis on Thursday Nov. 9, 2017. Hogan called the results of an audit into Prince George’s County graduation rates “disturbing.”

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called it “very disturbing” that one in four Prince George’s County students may not have met graduation requirements.

“I was frankly not only outraged at the report findings, but I was somewhat outraged that the response again by Prince George’s County, who still doesn’t seem to want to take it seriously,” Hogan told reporters.

Hogan addressed the results of an independent audit that found that 25 percent of graduating seniors in the county may have had a grade changed, or may not have met certain other state requirements but graduated anyway.

The State Board of Education sought out an independent auditor to investigate claims from 20 high schools of interference in student transcripts, in some cases after the students had graduated.

“Their response was, ‘Well maybe 5,500 people may have had errors with their grades, but we think it’s just clerical errors and crossing t’s and dotting i’s.’ I think it’s much more serious and they better take it more seriously,” Hogan said.

Hogan is running for re-election against Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker.



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  1. Demand Maryland do an Atlanta gold-standard Investigation of PGCPS

    The PGCPS Graduation Rate Audit found enough smoke that it is Time for Maryland to do an Atlanta gold-standard Investigation to find the fires.
    “For places that are serious about exposing cheating, there is a new gold standard: Atlanta. … Then, … the governor decided that, once and for all, he was going to get to the bottom of things, and appointed two former prosecutors to oversee an inquiry.
    Sixty of Georgia’s finest criminal investigators spent 10 months on it, and in the end turned up a major cheating scandal involving 178 teachers and principals — 82 of whom confessed — at 44 Atlanta schools, nearly half the district.”
    Also Atlanta investigators interviewed over 2,000 people.
    Atlanta schools’ superintendent was sentenced to jail under Georgia’s RICO law.
    (“Pa. Joins States Facing a School Cheating Scandal”

    The Executive Summary [of the Audit report] states:
    ” Based on the interviews and document reviews, A&M noted no evidence of system-wide intimidation by PGCPS leadership or evidence of system-wide fraud as it relates to these allegations.”
    Perhaps, if the private investigation firm was paid more money and provided more time, it would have found some evidence of system-wide intimidation and fraud.

    The investigation should also follow up on reports of lead in school water and child abuse and mis-use of funds.

    * 2017 spending data for Prince George’s County includes 27 identical records, each an EDUCATION Agency payment of $726,481.48 for OTHER MISCELLANEOUS SERVICE. None of the records gave a transaction date.
    This totals almost $20 million. Read this at

    * “Lax Management, Ignored Complaints Created ‘Unchecked Breeding Ground For Abuse,’ Lawsuit In Md. School Sex Case Asserts” November 14

    Also read the comment below this article from “teacher who knows”.

    * “Fix The Lead Contamination in Prince George’s County Public Schools Water Fountains”

    “[Channel 7 News] On Your Side: [School Water] Tapped with Trouble [lead]”
    Nov. 13


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