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New report reveals officials at Augusta Fells Savage improperly changed grades, inflated enrollment

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(WEAA)— An explosive new report came out this week about the Augusta Fells Savage Institute (AFS) involving their principal and teachers.

The report was conducted by Baltimore City Schools Staff Investigation Unit.

They found three key findings from their investigation. 

·         School administrators at AFS improperly changed student grades and pressured teachers to provide students with grades they did not earn.

·         Augusta Fells Savage students were scheduled into classes that did not exist and/or that they did not attend, when they should have been withdrawn due to lack of attendance.

·         AFS operated credit recovery programs, including evening/twilight and summer school programs that did not comply with City Schools requirements.

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From the report corrective actions are recommended and underway.

·         The grading, enrollment, scheduling, and credit recovery issues identified through this thorough investigation represent a coordinated scheme by a small number of Augusta Fells Savage staff to circumvent the extensive safeguards and monitoring that City Schools had in place, as well as the enrollment verification audits conducted by MSDE. While the unusual, sophisticated, and intentional nature of this scheme initially escaped detection, it was City Schools’ own protocols that ultimately exposed the grading irregularities that triggered this investigation.

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