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Principal not returning to Ballou HS amid investigation into alleged grade fixing

Former Ballou High School principal Dr. Yetunde Reeves tells ABC7's Q McCray she did nothing wrong. (ABC7)

The principal at Ballou High School in D.C. will not be back with the school amid the investigation into possible grade fixing at the school.

It was announced Tuesday that Dr. Yetunde Reeves will not be reappointed after ABC7 began reporting on attendance problems and allegations of grade inflation at Ballou High School since October. 7 On Your Side found that at least 26 Ballou High School students graduated with more than 100 unexcused absences.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke more on the issue at a press conference on the audit of Ballou Tuesday.

During the press conference, the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent announced a report that 113 of the 177 2017 graduates of Ballou did so in violation of policy and should not have graduated, according to ABC7's Nathan Baca.

The teachers at Ballou were told of the decision concerning Reeves Tuesday morning at an emergency meeting.

Ballou changed principals back in December and Reeves was put on leave. Reeves' attorney confirmed the separation from the school and added that Reeves will be employed by D.C. Public Schools through June.

D.C. Public Schools said that teachers will have a new grading policy starting in May.

"We have an attendance crisis in our city," D.C. Public Schools said in a letter to teachers.

Read the full letter here:

Reeves told ABC7's Q McCray in a December 2017 interview that she did nothing wrong.


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