Senior DCPS official placed on administrative leave amid alleged Ballou HS grade fixing
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
D.C. Public Schools has placed its secondary schools chief on administrative leave.
DCPS confirmed Wednesday to the ABC7 I-Team that Dr. Jane Spence has been placed on administrative leave.
The decision to put Spence on leave comes as D.C.’s Ballou High School is under investigation for alleged grade fixing.
For DCPS, Spence makes the third employee placed on administrative leave, including the first from the central office. The other two employees who have been placed on leave in connection as a result of the allegations are Ballou principal Dr. Yetunde Reeves and assistant principal Shamele Straughter.
Reeves was put on leave in December, then was informed last week that she will not be returning to Ballou next school year. She will be employed by DCPS through June.
DCPS told the I-Team earlier this week that Straughter was also on leave.
The FBI also recently joined the investigation of Ballou, per multiple sources.
According to her biography on DCPS’s webpage, Spence spent 13 years working for Prince George’s County Public Schools as a high school principal supervisor, instructional supervisor for school leadership development and instructional supervisor for employee evaluation. In 2011, she was named Maryland’s High School Principal of the Year.