State launches investigation into EBR Schools over alleged cheating

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Posted: Jan 8, 2014 8:38 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jan 9, 2014 7:33 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: State, Education, Cheating, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- State Superintendent of Education John White announced an investigation is underway concerning problems involving academic records within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. It's a story the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit broke on Wednesday afternoon.

Leaders within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System declined to comment about the investigation today. A spokesman said he was not made aware of the issues. However, the President of the State's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) had no problem talking about it.

"We need to do something about it," BESE President Chas Roemer said. "Our taxpayers deserve more than that. Our students deserve more than that."

Sources close to the investigation tell the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit it was a whistle blower within the EBR School District who blasted the alleged wrong doing wide open. News 2 has learned it's widespread and may span two years.

The whistleblower in this case alleges at least one EBR School Board Member's relative received a fraudulent diploma, and that was allegedly known by at least one top school leader.

Late this evening, the doors to the school board office were locked up tight when we went searching for answers.

Documents News 2 obtained show the school system is under the microscope for the following problems:

-Allegations that students were allowed to cheat while taking online tests.

-Allegations about a lack of supervision during test taking.

-Allegations that students were allowed to graduate without meeting certain graduation requirements.

"We take all these instances seriously," Roemer said. "We will take this seriously."

State Superintendent John White will too. He released this statement Wednesday afternoon.

"It has come to our attention that there may be some discrepancies in academic records in East Baton Rouge Parish. We are looking into the situation and will provide further details at a later date.

Stay with WBRZ and for the latest on this developing news story.

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