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A North High diploma mill?

Posted by May 25th, 2011.

This excellent piece of reporting by Westword’s Melanie Asmar exposes some scandalous practices in the “credit recovery” program at Denver’s North High School. As a fomer North teacher says at the article’s conclusion:

“What sucks is that there are kids working their butts off for a diploma to mean something and there are kids getting diplomas from North who have earned every single credit on there plus more,” says Brown. “Then a bunch of other kids get the same diploma, and it devalues it.”

She adds, “I’d hate for…people to look at a transcript and say, ‘Oh, they went to North? They’ll give a diploma to anyone.’”

Watch for this story to change some practices at North and probably other DPS high schools.

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One Response to “A North High diploma mill?”

  1. Derec Shuler says:

    This is a pretty damaging piece that’s already resulted in the resignation of Nancy Werkmeister. Measuring schools based on graduation rates is a measure of the adults, not necessarily the preparedness of the kids. Without rigorous standards, our diplomas are being devalued and cheating our students.

    Thanks to Westword for exposing this.

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