Illiterates, no-shows, all seniors graduate at DC

Every single student – including students who do not show up for class for months and cannot read or write – received their diplomas at Ballou High School in Washington, D.C.

This liberal graduation trend is by no means a rare occurrence on high school campuses in the nation’s capital.

“Students across the city graduated despite having missed more than 30 days of school in a single course, findings from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent investigation found,” Townhall reported. “The investigation is still ongoing, but parents’ demand for answers prompted city officials to share some initial findings.”

Schools for scandal

WAMU radio and NPR conducted an investigation exposing the reason why D.C. high schools – including the longtime academically challenged Ballou High School located in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods – had overwhelmingly high graduation rates. Soon after, a city-wide audit was conducted exposing what really went on behind school gates.

All 164 seniors at Ballou received diplomas – with dozens of them issued to students with excessively high rates of unexcused absences – and to top that off, every single graduate of the school applied to college and was accepted. This marvel – in an area of the nation that was amongst the lowest in high school graduation rates for years – was celebrated and covered by national media across the nation.

After scrutinizing hundreds of documents, chronic unexcused absenteeism was prevalent for numerous students, with half of Ballou’s graduates missing more than three months (60 days) of school.

“We reviewed hundreds of pages of Ballou’s attendance records, class rosters and emails after a district employee shared the private documents,” NPR reported. “Half of the graduates missed more than three months of school last year, unexcused. One in five students was absent more than present – missing more than 90 days of school.”

This fact – in and of itself – should have precluded most students from being eligible to receive diplomas.

“According to district policy, if a student misses a class 30 times, he should fail that course,” NPR’s Kate McGee informed. “Research shows that missing 10 percent of school – about two days per month – can negatively affect test scores, reduce academic growth and increase the chances a student will drop out.”

Unbelievable

Ballou High School history teacher Brian Butcher said that during his 20 years of teaching at low-performing schools from New York City to Florida, he never saw 12th-grade students who could not read and write, but admits that this was not the case at the D.C. school, where many students fit this description, yet nonetheless received diplomas and college acceptance.

“You saw kids walking across the stage, who, they’re nice young people, but they don’t deserve to be walking across the stage,” Butcher told NPR. “It was smoke and mirrors. That is what it was.”

After speaking with about a dozen current and recent teachers at Ballou, along with four recent graduates, a consistent story was uncovered by NPR and WAMU – that administration pressured teachers to pass students who were chronically absent … a fact of which students were well aware and took full advantage.

Feeling compelled to violate their conscience, Ballou teachers argue that moving students forward who do not deserve to be passed is a huge disservice to the school’s youth.

“It’s oppressive to the kids because you’re giving them a false sense of success,” a current Ballou teacher wishing to remain anonymous to keep her job contended.

Another Ballou teacher speaking on the condition of anonymity addressed the problem as a moral issue.

“To not prepare them is not ethical,” the D.C. high school instructor stressed, according to NPR.

Over the past two years, Morgan Williams taught health and physical education at Ballou and maintains that even though the gym was always full because students skipping other classes would congregate there, many of her students were chronically absent – despite her ignored pleas to administrators and counselors to remedy the situation.

“They’re not prepared to succeed,” Williams insisted, noting that students were being set up for failure because of the staff’s lack of expectations. “If I knew I could skip the whole semester and still pass, why would I try?”

Playing dumb is rewarded at Ballou – for teachers and students alike.

“Either you want your professional career on paper to look like you don’t know what you’re doing or you just skate by – play by the game,” a Ballou teacher wanting to remain anonymous to protect her job shared with NPR.”

And those who stay in the game score a win – at least in their bank account.

“If an evaluation score is high enough to reach the ‘highly effective’ status, teachers and administrators can receive $15,000 to $30,000 in bonuses,” McGee explained. “D.C. Public Schools wouldn’t tell us who gets a bonus, but teachers we spoke with didsay the possibility of such a large bonus increases the pressure on teachers to improve student numbers.”

Who’s accountable?

At a press conference addressing the graduation scandal on Tuesday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser appeared shocked and upset that students have erroneously been taught that they can move forward in life without making an effort.

“Our biggest responsibility is knowing that showing up half the time doesn’t work anywhere in life,” Bowser insisted, according to Townhall. “The huge investments we have made in our schools only work if students are sitting in the seats.”

The mayor claimed she is “not happy” about belatedly being told about the problems existing in the D.C. school system, maintaining after the superintendents’ review that it is “clear” that more in-depth evaluations must be made regarding what is truly going in inside high school gates.

“I’ll hold the chancellor accountable,” Bowser promised, Townhall reported.

The city is looking to replace Ballou High School Principal Yetunde Reeves after she was put on administrative leave following the scandal, and major changes are being made to reconfigure the faculty at the school, as well.

Local viewers were skeptical and blasted the school system and D.C. leadership in the comment section.

“Dr. Reeves should be prosecuted,” a local viewer demanded in the comment section, where many were skeptical about the announced changes that are being made, according to Townhall.

 

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The stupidity of liberals, ability to ignore their ignorance

 

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And democrats wanted to portray conservatives as a bunch of Lunatics for saying our schools were dumbing down Americans some 30 years ago…Diversifying culture ideas without scientific measurements to verify. Remember Ebonics...poised as an accepted speech in some school systems, what a failure that was. the kids thought it was Cool.. 

Ballou School system promoting, "Pay to Play the Passing Game". Wink Wink...Johnny Passed...??? Now move along....NEXT !!!

Curious, to those passed & got accepted to  4 year colleges, What was the College Graduation Rate of those student from Ballou High School?

Better still, how do you hit the job market when your only skill
is recess.?
 
I can't think of a better time or reason to destroy the NEA, AFT
or any unionized teachers cult. Every so called teacher should
be tested before the 2019 school year begins and only those
having a US birth certificate and driver's license w/photo along
with an educational back ground diploma......
 
Segregation of all races K-9. Mandatory subjects for all students
to continue K-12 to include spelling, penmanship, histories (world,
American, and ancient.) American and world geography and English.   
 
Mandatory subjects for all students
to continue K-12 to include spelling, penmanship, histories (world,
American, and ancient.) American and world geography and English
Don't forget the Science & Math... As far a Spelling and Penmanship goes. All the smart phones & tablets will take care of that aspect of communication to one another. A.I. will figure out what you are trying to spell.(unless totally can't spell) which may be the case for Ballus students..
 
Better still, how do you hit the job market when your only skill
is recess.?
Recess is located down the corner doing what you do....Sell you some drugs.
That's what you call "Living High".
 
 
River Runner posted:
Mandatory subjects for all students
to continue K-12 to include spelling, penmanship, histories (world,
American, and ancient.) American and world geography and English
Don't forget the Science & Math... As far a Spelling and Penmanship goes. All the smart phones & tablets will take care of that aspect of communication to one another. A.I. will figure out what you are trying to spell.(unless totally can't spell) which may be the case for Ballus students..
 
Better still, how do you hit the job market when your only skill
is recess.?
Recess is located down the corner doing what you do....Sell you some drugs.
That's what you call "Living High".
 
 
I didn't forget Science and Math, they've forgotten subjects I
feel are still needed. People over here can't find Tennessee on
a map. Good penmanship is an ongoing sign of intelligence as is
spelling, where needed.

I'm sick of hearing most teens, and way to many adults, talk. "Tooken, borrowed me the money, fooneral, pooleese," and the examples go on and on. Adults don't bother to correct the language either. IF you do, you are "attacking or bullying" the idiots.

antimaim posted:

I'm sick of hearing most teens, and way to many adults, talk. "Tooken, borrowed me the money, fooneral, pooleese," and the examples go on and on. Adults don't bother to correct the language either. IF you do, you are "attacking or bullying" the idiots.

Surely not in the Shoals where everyone speaks perfect received English?

The few times I've watched Dr. Phil there have been teens that
try to talk Black, why in the hell would you want to go to the
trouble if you aren't Black. Besides, the knowledgeable one's have
left the confused tongue behind. But if you want to learn the slur
KFC, Popeye's, Churches, any burger/fish joint or high school/college.  
So instead of Football, you could say fibble, I had to be told that one...    
Kraven posted:
The few times I've watched Dr. Phil there have been teens that
try to talk Black, why in the hell would you want to go to the
trouble if you aren't Black. Besides, the knowledgeable one's have
left the confused tongue behind. But if you want to learn the slur
KFC, Popeye's, Churches, any burger/fish joint or high school/college.  
So instead of Football, you could say fibble, I had to be told that one...    

I can't stand Dr. Phil because of all the rotten teens on there. That "cash me outside" brat should have been in joovie and her parents arrested for letting her get so out of control. Instead, Phil made her rich and famous.

Recratican posted:
antimaim posted:

I'm sick of hearing most teens, and way to many adults, talk. "Tooken, borrowed me the money, fooneral, pooleese," and the examples go on and on. Adults don't bother to correct the language either. IF you do, you are "attacking or bullying" the idiots.

Surely not in the Shoals where everyone speaks perfect received English?

Lucy, your deflector shield is on. 

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