: News

Filed Under:

Montgomery County High School Cheating Scandal

Play associated audio
Parents of Churchill High School students attend meeting in the midst of an investigation into an alleged grade changing scheme at Churchill High School.
Elliot Francis
Parents of Churchill High School students attend meeting in the midst of an investigation into an alleged grade changing scheme at Churchill High School.

By Elliot Francis

The investigation into an alleged grade changing scheme at Churchill High School, has lasted a month. Now, parents and administrators want answers.

Most of the parents here at Winston Churchill High School auditorium in Potomac, Maryland have students who weren't even involved in the scandal, but they still have lots of questions.

"How many grades were actually changed? I'd heard that it was 700 do you know the actual number?" asks one parent.

Investigators say the grades of 46 students were changed after 8 students hacked into the schools computer system, stole teachers passwords and altered those records. Police are treating the breech as a criminal investigation. By Elliott Francis

Meanwhile Churchill principal, Joan Benz reassured parents worried about the accuracy of first term grades.

"All first semester grades have been validated. If a student grade showed an unauthorized grade, the teacher has replaced that grade with the corrected one," says Benz.

IT security officials say they're still evaluating safe guards to prevent future tampering. Benz says the 8 students under investigation are being disciplined, but their names and the method of punishment are being withheld in accordance with school policy.

WAMU 88.5

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

NPR

The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
WAMU 88.5

What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

NPR

Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.