The Maryland State Board of Education has opened an investigation into allegations of fraudulent graduation rate practices in Prince George’s County Public Schools, according to a statement issued Monday by the board.
This past summer, Prince George’s County Board of Education member Edward Burroughs alleged that the school system’s leadership had manipulated student grades to boost graduation rates, a charge vehemently denied by schools CEO Kevin Maxwell and other board members.
“Allegations that we engaged in unethical practices are false, play into the worst suspicions of our school system and disparage us all,” Maxwell and board President Segun Eubanks said in a June letter to the public.
To gather any information relevant to the state’s investigation, the auditing firm Alvarez & Marsal has created an anonymous tip line and email address.
Persons with information regarding the matter can call 1-833-535-6103 or email PGCPSSpecialReview@alvarezandmarsal.com.