DC Principal Cleared of Doctoring Grades

By Jennifer Doren
|  Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011  |  Updated 7:00 PM EDT
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DC Principal Cleared of Doctoring Grades

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A D.C. principal accused of grade-doctoring did nothing wrong, investigators said.

In March, staffers at McKinley Technology High School alleged that David Pinder changed at least 13 senior transcripts. That would mean students were given credit for courses they never took.

After months of investigation, the chief of staff to acting schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson released a statement Wednesday saying DCPS found no reason for Pinder to be removed from his post.

“As such, we anticipate he will return to lead McKinley next school year,” wrote Lisa Rude.

The highly competitive application-only high school in northeast Washington has been under a cloud of speculation this year. On top of allegations of grade doctoring, there was also concern over the possible mishandling of a $100,000 award from AARP. That money was slated for a program that gives students the chance to school senior citizens on the Internet.

The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating whether those funds were used properly.

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