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FBI, U.S. Education Department investigating D.C. Public Schools graduation scandal

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D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) holds a news conference with Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson to review the findings of an independent audit of the city’s graduation rates. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Education Department Office of the Inspector General are investigating the District of Columbia public schools, The Washington Post reports.

Citing sources in D.C. government, the newspaper reports that the probe is focused on high school graduation practices in the district, which have come under scrutiny amid reports and investigations that have drawn national attention to schools in the nation’s capital.

A report released earlier this week by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent found that roughly one in three students who graduated from the city’s high schools in 2017 were awarded those diplomas in error because they missed too many classes or improperly took makeup classes.

The city commissioned the study in the wake of an investigation by Washington public radio station WAMU, showing that Ballou High School, a long-troubled school in the district, awarded diplomas to many students last year despite the fact that they were chronically absent from class.

Amid the ongoing probe, the district’s leadership has reassigned Ballou High’s principal. A Ballou assistant principal and D.C.’s chief of secondary schools Jane Spence (Former PGCPS Senior official) was placed on administrative leave following graduation scandal in DC Schools.

The report from the Office of the State Superintendent also found that teachers felt pressure from school administrators to find ways to graduate students, even those who did not come close to meeting the requirements to earn a diploma.

While the district has vowed to step up monitoring of student graduation requirements in, it does remain unclear whether there was a deliberate effort by high-ranking school leaders to manipulate the district’s graduation numbers.

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Before the WAMU story shed light on the practices at Ballou, the district touted its record-high graduation rate as proof that education reforms in the system were yielding benefits. It’s just the latest in a series of revelations that have called district practices into questions. However, there appeared to have been a coordination with Prince George’s county Public Schools (PGCPS) fake graduation rates and DC Schools experiencing the same. Officials in both districts starting with Jane Spence and Monica Goldson of PGCPS are close friends with many others connected to them with a history of cover-ups in PGCPS.

In the past year, both PGCPS and DC Schools Districts have also come under fire for misrepresenting student suspension rates. DC Schools faced questions about the former schools’ chancellor skirting the school lottery system to help well-connected parents land their children spots in coveted city schools. PGCPS is facing similar allegations with the selection process of the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College in which well connected students are given the first chances.

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More Money Needed For FBI – County needs to contribute

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GREENBELT – Governor Larry Hogan “shocked” Prince George’s County officials when he announced that the county will need to contribute $50 million for upgrades at the highway interchange by the Greenbelt Metro station to ensure the FBI relocates here.

At the same press conference where Hogan announced he will fund the Purple Line with greater costs shifted to Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, he also announced Prince George’s will need to contribute $50 million out of a total $185 million funding for a project to upgrade the partial interchange on I-95/495 at the Greenbelt Metro station to a full interchange on

“They have to finish the interchange over there by Greenbelt to allow traffic in all directions. Right now you can only get into Greenbelt coming from Montgomery County from the Beltway,” said David Iannucci, a senior economic development advisor to County Executive Rushern Baker III. “Prince George’s County’s position is that this (contribution) is a state responsibility. There’s been no discussion (by the governor) with Prince George’s County about that being county responsibility.”

“We anticipate many conversations with our state partners on the FBI and are confident that the reference to $50 million from the county for interstate highway ramps at Greenbelt is a matter of the State not being fully aware of the County’s current commitment to infrastructure costs in support of the FBI,” Baker said.

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Most Dangerous States in the United States in 2015 according to the FBI

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The annual list of the most dangerous states in the United States has been released by Law Street, according to a Reboot Illinois piece on Tuesday. The list is compiled via Law Street’s Crime Team’s methodology which uses the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s four major violent crime categories in creating a standard measure of violent crimes-per-100,000 people among all cities reporting its crime data to the FBI that have at least 100,000 persons in its borders. Those four major violent crime categories are: murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and incidents of forcible rape.

This methodology, as utilized by Law Street’s Crime Team allows comparisons to be made from year-to-year as well as from city-to-city. The total number of violent crimes – murders, aggravated assaults, robberies, and forcible rapes – reported to the FBI is divided by the city’s population to arrive at a portioned ratio assigned to the state. This portioned ration is then multiplied by 100,000. The formula in its most basic form, according to Law Street, is as follows: Violent Crime Rate equals the total violent crime in a city divided by the population of the city times 100,000.

The Top 10 Most Dangerous States in the United States in 2015

  1. Alaska
  2. New Mexico
  3. Nevada
  4. Tennessee
  5. Louisiana
  6. South Carolina
  7. Delaware
  8. Maryland
  9. Florida
  10. Arkansas

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FBI reviews hanging death of black teenager

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BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) – The black teenager was found in a North Carolina trailer park, hanging from a swing set by a dog leash and a belt that were not his own. His mother said he showed no sign of suicidal thoughts, yet authorities quickly ruled that he had taken his own life.

Now the FBI is reviewing the investigation after Lennon Lacy’s relatives and the NAACP raised doubts about the official findings, which the county coroner also questions.

A 911 caller reported spotting the 17-year-old’s body Aug. 29 in the small town of Bladenboro, about 100 miles south of Raleigh. His feet were suspended 2 inches off the ground.

The state medical examiner ruled that the boy killed himself, but his mother said she does not believe it.

“When I saw him, I just knew automatically he didn’t do that to himself,” Claudia Lacy told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “If he was going to harm himself, his demeanor would have changed. His whole routine, everything, his attitude, everything would have changed.”

She last saw the youngest of her four sons alive as the middle linebacker prepared for a high school football game by putting together his uniform in the early hours of the day he died.

His father told him that he needed to get some sleep before the game, his first after his mother made him take a year off from the team to focus on his grades.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20141212_ap_3c63e61818634927a3581e85c842c858.html#ZbSyVH1wdfz7sJQr.99

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Breaking News: FBI Raids LAUSD Offices for iPad Files

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Dr. John Deasy former PGCPS Super involved in the endless saga in Los Angeles after he left Prince George’s County.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — FBI agents seized 20 boxes of documents related to Los Angeles Unified School District’s beleaguered $1 billion iPad project, officials confirmed Tuesday. Agents confiscated documents at the district’s offices Monday regarding procurement practices involving the Common Core Technology project, LAUSD’s plan to equip all schools with 21st century learning devices.

The FBI confirmed an investigation into the district, but would not provide any further information, citing the ongoing probe. “The L.A Unified School District will offer its full cooperation to federal authorities during the course of the investigation,” Interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines said in a statement. The FBI action was first reported by The Los Angeles Times. The initiative to provide all 650,000 students in the nation’s second largest school district with iPads has been plagued with problems from the start. Hundreds of students initially given the iPads last school year found ways to bypass security installations, downloading games and freely surfing the Web.

Teachers complained they were not properly trained to instruct students with the new technology. And questions were raised after emails were disclosed showing that then-Superintendent John Deasy had been in communication with vendors Apple and Pearson before the contracts were put to bid. “The idea of providing first-class learning technology to all the kids in the district, not just the kids who could afford it, is certainly a worthy educational goal,” said Charles Taylor Kerchner, a professor at Claremont Graduate University. “That worthy goal runs up against problems of organizational feasibility, and it did from the beginning.”

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