Before a Graduation Scandal Made Headlines, Teachers at D.C.’s Ballou High Raised an Alarm
In June, a day after graduates from Ballou High received their diplomas, a group of teachers met with D.C. Public Schools officials to share an alarming allegation: Students who missed dozens of classes had been able to earn passing grades and graduate.
“It is our sincere hope that this meeting was not merely a formality and that a thorough investigation and call to action will indeed take place inclusive of pertinent stakeholders,” Monica Brokenborough, who was then a music teacher at the school, wrote in an email to Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson and district labor-relations officials about a month after the meeting. School officials confirmed that the meeting took place.
Brokenborough said she never got a response.