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Board of Education holds off on vote calling for independent investigation into DC schools

Board of Education holds off on vote calling for independent investigation into DC schools (ABC7)

In an unexpected move, D.C.’s State Board of Education decided to hold off on voting on a “resolution calling for an independent investigation into data and accountability practices in district schools.”

The request for an independent investigation comes after 7 On Your Side found that at least 26 Ballou High School students graduated with more than 100 unexcused absences.

“This is an open secret that we have all of these issues going on. People testified here before the state board of education this summer about it. Markus and I wrote about it,” said D.C. State School Board member Ruth Wattenberg.

Wattenburg and Markus Batchelor were among the board of education members calling for the independent investigation, which would be separate from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s investigation.

“We’ve had folks in our community say they want an independent voice on this issue,” said Batchelor.

Laura Wilson Phelan requested that the board waits to decide on the independent investigation.

“I think it’s really important that we see what the findings are of the investigation underway. As stewards of taxpayer dollars, we have to be really careful about the investigations that we call for,” said Phelan.

“We’ll keep working to secure that independent voice,” said Batchelor.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s investigation is expected to be completed in January.

A new date for a vote on the independent investigation hasn’t been announced.

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