State panel recommends DA investigate Durham charter school diplomas
Posted December 9, 2016
Durham, N.C. — School officials at Kestrel Heights, a charter school in Durham, said at least 53 students over the past three years received diplomas they didn't earn.
The State Charter Schools Advisory Board recommended Friday that the Durham County District Attorney’s Office get involved to see if a criminal investigation is warranted.
“It’s an issue that I think every North Carolinian should take very seriously,” said Lee Teague, spokesman for the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools. “Because a high school diploma needs to mean that the student met all the requirements, and there should be no questions of that.”
School officials self-reported the issue to the state. With a new administration taking over this summer, officials discovered the problem in July. They think the problem dates at least to 2014 and possibly earlier.