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Durham Charter blames ‘systematic errors’ on improper graduation of 40% of its students

Officials with Kestrel Heights Charter School say an internal investigation uncovered no willful or malicious intent in awarding diplomas to 40 % of its students who did not have the sufficient credit hours to graduate.

The Durham County school says their investigation, which stretched back to 2008, found that the “high school principals and counselor lacked the requisite diligence and thoroughness expected of educated, trained, and experienced professionals.”

Over the past eight years 160 of the charter school’s 399 total graduates received a diploma without evidences that they met all the requirements.

Here’s more from the school’s press advisory released on Monday:

Kestrel Heights is slated to present the findings of its investigation to the North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board Wednesday morning.

The advisory board is reconsidering the 10-year charter renewal for Kestrel Heights, initially awarded to the school last November.

Last month the State Board of Education asked the Durham County district attorney’s office to investigate.

To read Kestrel Heights Charter School’s internal investigation, click here.  An agenda for Wednesday’s advisory board meeting can be found here.

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