Feb 5, 2018
Thirty-four percent of D.C. high school students graduated last year against the district’s attendance policy – students missed too many classes to pass. This is according to a new report recently released from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent. Mayor Bowser ordered the comprehensive report after news broke in December that students at Ballou High School were able to graduate last year despite missing months of school.
The report found that 937 out of 2,758 graduating students’ records were altered in order to graduate them. Never mind that these students weren’t in class long enough to open a book, let alone learn anything. Never mind that they are completely unprepared for almost any job, except maybe flipping burgers at McDonald’s – which won’t pay the rent. Never mind that they are completely unprepared to survive even a remedial course in a community college.
This is an outrage. This corrupt and deceitful act meant the administration and politicians did not have to admit their role in failing to educate and train these children. They thought they could hide behind the phony records and no one would see how they don’t budget anywhere near enough money for the vital task of education. In fact, D.C. schools have been under-funded for years.
D.C. has failed to do one of its most important missions: train and educate its children, its future. By not really educating our young, D.C. and the whole society has condemned a generation.