Gov. Larry Hogan is asking the state school board to investigate allegations of fraud in one of Maryland's biggest school systems.
Hogan sent a letter Sunday to Maryland State Board of Education President Andrew Smarick requesting the board begin looking at possible wrongdoing at Prince George's County schools.
The governor said there have been specific allegations about students' grades being altered in order to boost high school graduation rates. His letter comes after some county school board members and state lawmakers have also called for an investigation.
County schools Chief Executive Kevin Maxwell has said the allegations made against the school system are false.
Maxwell released the following statement:
"From the beginning, I have maintained that politics lie at the root of these accusations. There has been no systemic effort to promote students in Prince George's County Public Schools who did not meet state graduation requirements in order to inflate our graduation rates. We look forward to collaborating with the Maryland State Department of Education to resolve this matter."