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City leaders host community conversation on future of Ballou High School

Parents demand answers about the future of Ballou (ABC7)

Community activist Regina Pixley held back tears, as she entered a meeting at Ballou High School on Tuesday evening.

The community meeting comes weeks after an audit revealed that 113 of 177 of Ballou High School’s graduating seniors passed their classes in violation of district policy.

“Someone needs to be held accountable for this, this is a tragedy,” said Pixley. “They gave out all these bonuses for performance, but yet we have kids who can’t read and write."

ABC7 News cameras were not allowed inside the meeting, featuring Chancellor Antwan Wilson and Councilmember Trayon White. Wilson shared new information about a policy that will affect teachers.

“Which is around the fact that teachers won’t be evaluated through our impact system, based on the percentage of students who passed,” said Wilson before the meeting.

Overall, many parents had questions about their kids’ futures.

“There’s a lot of questions about ‘is my child going to graduate?’, does my child have to go to night school?”

“Are they here to help our kids or are they just here to collect a check,” said Shannon Smith.

“How does this kind of scandal, impact the school, the community?" asked ABC7’s Anna-Lysa Gayle.

“Well our focus is always on making sure students get a great education,” replied Wilson.

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