"It's Very Common": Baltimore Teacher Admits To Passing Students That Never Showed For A Single Day Of Class

Teaching can be a thankless job.  Talk to almost any educator in the public school system and you're bound to get a earful about grueling hours, disrespectful kids, infuriating bureaucracy and minimal pay.  As such, it looks increasingly like the teachers in Baltimore's public schools have decided to just stop teaching altogether and pass every student that walks through their doors.

In the latest installment of a growing scandal revealed by "Project Baltimore", an investigative reporting initiative launched by Sinclair Broadcast group in March 2017 to examine Baltimore's public school system, a teacher at Calverton Elementary/Middle in west Baltimore has come forward with proof that grade changing is not only common in his school district but explicitly encouraged by senior administrators.

According to Fox45, below is the end of year text message that Calverton teachers received their principal, Martia Cooper, instructing them to "please double check end of the year averages and make sure they are 60 and above."  The message went on to say that any "averages below 60" should be "corrected" so that failing students could be pushed through the system.

“Good Morning people! (Secretary) is printing report cards so finally you can get cumes finished. Please double check end of year averages and make sure they are 60 and above, except our four retention candidates (2 elem and 2 grade 7). If you find any grade averages below 60, pkesss (sic) have (secretary) correct and give me a copy of those student names. Thanks!”

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The unidentified teacher who came forward to expose the text said it's very clear what the intent of the message was.

A Calverton educator, who reached out to Fox45, claims to have received that text. “[It instructed me to] go into my grade book, make sure no students are failing, and essentially change the grade if they are failing so they will pass with a 60 percent,” said the teacher, whose identity we are concealing upon request.

 

“I was frustrated as a teacher. We’re public servants. And when we see things like grade changing, that’s self-serving. That’s not helping the kids.”

 

After watching Fox45’s recent investigations into allegations of grade changing at Calverton, the City Schools employee contacted Project Baltimore to say a couple things. First, according to the teacher, grade changing at Calverton is “very common.”

 

Second, the educator told Fox45, changing grades is the easiest and fastest way to pass more students, which makes the school and its administrators look better. But, it does a huge disservice to not just the kids, but our entire community.

 

"Teaching a whole generation of kids that they don’t have to be accountable for their actions, or that hard work isn’t valued or valuable when they are in school, is so discouraging and damaging.”

Adding insult to injury, the same teacher said that he even passed kids who had been on his roster all year but didn't bother to show up for a single day of class.

But this teacher says grade changing at Calverton goes much further than just taking a failing grade and making it a 60. Some students who pass, according to this educator, don’t even have grades because they’ve never showed up to class.

 

“There were students on my roster all year that I had never met, had never seen. On paper they passed my class and passed onto the next year.”

 

“I love my job and I love my students,” concluded the teacher. “I want to see the students at Calverton and other schools across the city, get a fresh start. And it’s going to be hard because the students are used to this now. But the students deserve better and our city deserve better.”

Makes you wonder what those "four retention candidates (2 elem and 2 grade 7)" from the principals text above had to do to actually fail a grade.

Comments

Clashfan IH8OBAMA Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:52 Permalink

I've taught community college for twenty years. I'm sure there are a lot of hard-working teachers who try. The system is rigged against them, though, and it's much worse in the inner cities.But all teachers are not bad. I've tried very hard and awakened many students. I never just passed them and failed plenty. But they come to me from the public high schools, and they don't know half of what they should know before they get to me. Many cannot write sentences.The pressure to pass them along is tremendous.I strongly recommend home schooling.Public education in the USA is one of our biggest problems. 

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Killdo vato poco Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:38 Permalink

so is YMCAI worked there as a student about 25 years ago. The director was caught with a kid in his bed . And apparently that was not the only time. I met the guy - his 2 kids were in my group and I kept in touch (I only heard about being caught in the bed many years alter).I introduced him to friends who used to go out to drink with him and he told then suspicious sounding stories (he was kicked out of a priest school etc). then about 20 years later (because I still kept in touch with frinds he introduced me to in Chicago) - they were in his camp when very young - now they are in their late 40s. I asked them about what was happening when he was a derector at their YMCA camp - they told me he was definitely a child mollaster. The riend I asked told me he actyally fucked both him and hsi 2 brothers. He used to pray on chidren from broken familiesThe pedo died 2 years ago  (I think he has been trying to kill himself by drinking too much over decades - even though he made a shit load of money and had kids). when they kicked him out of the camp - he easily found another job as a director of a big insurance company (all through his YMCA and family contacts)He was related to Gen MC Arthour. This is just a tip of an iceberg - the one I figured out as a foreigner who worked in YMCA over a summer many years ago. There must be many many more. YMCA - keep your leggs crossed

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J S Bach overbet Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:28 Permalink

The politically correct reportage of negro male host and aryan blond hostess really made this story extra palatable for me.  It helps to clarify all of the other absurdities like egalitarianism, equality, etc... The public school system has degraded to the point of utter insanity as it was inevitably wont to do with Congoids making up the majority of hominids.  How long will it take.  How long will it take.  How long will it take for Nature to reassert Herself in a violent whiplash against the insolent whims of a ne'er-do-well liberal mindset.  Oh, let me live to witness Her reclamation.

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BandGap Clashfan Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:51 Permalink

I have occasionally taught as adjunct faculty at a four year college. The students whined more than I could ever imagine getting away with. They were smart enough to drop the class before I failed them.This goes back to at least the mid 90s when I met someone from Sacramento State UNIVERSITY who was taking a remedial READING class. They we learning at the college level what they were not being taught in HS. And paying money for it.And student debt continues to pile up. It isn't just at the financial level that there is a separation of the masses. The collective IQ of our society is plummeting. 

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GUS100CORRINA Justin Case Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:52 Permalink

"It's Very Common": Baltimore Teacher Admits To Passing Students That Never Showed For A Single Day Of ClassMy response: Truly sad. Let's take a look at a couple of things Abraham Lincoln said about education.1. The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.2. “Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”Abraham LincolnWarning: IF THIS SITUATION IS NOT FIXED ASAP, AMERICA IS UP A CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE.BUSH/OBAMA fruit of the last 16 years that is ROTTEN to the CORE!!!

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Racer Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:36 Permalink

Teaching a whole generation of kids that they don’t have to be accountable for their actions, or that hard work isn’t valued or valuable when they are in school, is .. excellent training for jobs as banksters, politicians and CEO jobs