Grade changing allegations at a Caddo Parish school prompts an investigation

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:57pm

Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Booker T. Washington High School. The investigation follows an anonymous tip sent to Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree. 

"Let me be clear. I will not tolerate cheating in any form," said Dr. Goree. "It is not only egregious and unethical, but unconscionable. The students are the true victims in this and they along with the public deserve better. We are in communication with the Louisiana Department of Education to develop a plan to address grade discrepancies." 

To assure the school is ready to greet students for the upcoming school year, Dr. Goree has named Carter Bedford as interim principal. C.E. Byrd and Huntington high schools also are also lending staff to BTW to help at this time. 

"Regardless of what is happening as a result of this investigation, there are no doubts that teachers will be ready to teach and get the school year under way come Aug. 11," said chief academic officer, Keith Burton. 

Bedford is a veteran educator with more than 35 years of experience in Caddo Schools as both a teacher and administrator at schools including Woodlawn, Fair Park, and Caddo Magnet High. 

"Mr. Bedford is ready to lead and has the confidence of the district and the alumni association backing him and offering him the resources he needs for a successful start to the school year," said chief of staff, Dr. Mary Nash Robinson. 

Dr. Goree will also announce the launch of a further investigation to review grade security procedures at district schools to determine the full extent of the concern. 

"You have my assurance that we will do everything in order to ensure grade changes are substantiated and staff members are aware of the consequences of violating that," said Dr. Goree. "The integrity of our personnel and the accuracy of our grades is of the utmost importance, and there will be systemic changes coming."  


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