Muriel Bowser

Principal Removed from DC School Under Investigation for Graduation Manipulation

The principal of Ballou High School was reassigned, and a successor was named acting principal as a review of the school's graduation rate continued.

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson said Dr. Yetunde Reeves was assigned to another function in the district, and Willie Jackson would serve as acting principal. 

The school has been under investigation after every senior graduated and was accepted to college from Ballou High School, a southeast D.C. school with a chronically low graduation rate

An investigation by WAMU and NPR showed only 57 of the 164 who received diplomas were on track to graduate. Half of the 2017 graduates were counted as absent for more than three months of the school year but were allowed to graduate anyway, the report said. 

“We take this issue very seriously, and we know that policies must be explained clearly and implemented with fidelity. This investigation will restore integrity to the process by providing students, parents, and the broader community with answers,” Wilson said.

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