Tiffany France, the mom of the failing scholar, thought her son can be receiving his diploma from Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visible Arts in June. Nonetheless, she was shocked to find that he’s being despatched again to the ninth grade to start out over.
“He is burdened, and I’m, too. I instructed him I am in all probability going to start out crying,” France instructed FOX 45 Baltimore.
France expressed frustration with the college, asking why her son must full three extra years of highschool after “the college failed him.”
France’s son failed 22 lessons and was late or absent 272 days over his first three years of highschool. Just one trainer requested a parent-teacher convention, however France mentioned that did not occur. Regardless of this, her son nonetheless ranked 62nd in his class out of 120 whole college students.
“The college failed at their job. They failed. They failed, that is the issue right here. They failed. They failed. He did not deserve that,” she mentioned.
FOX 45 discovered that a whole bunch of scholars are flunking lessons on the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visible Arts in west Baltimore.
France says she has three kids and works three jobs, and did not understand her son was failing till February. Although he was failing lessons, the college continued to advertise him; after failing Spanish I and Algebra I, for instance, the college nonetheless allowed him to take Spanish II and Algebra II.
“I am simply assuming that if you’re passing, that you’ve got the correct issues to go to the subsequent grade and the appropriate grades, you could have the appropriate credit,” France instructed FOX 45.
She continued: “I really feel like they by no means gave my son a chance, like if there was a problem with him, not advancing or not progressing, that they need to have contacted me first, three years in the past.”
Augusta Fells didn’t instantly reply to an inquiry from Fox Information. An administrator for Baltimore Metropolis Public Faculties who spoke on the situation on anonymity instructed FOX 45’s investigative group that the highschool did fail France’s son.
“I get indignant. There’s nothing however frustration. We see on the information the crime that happens, the murders, the shootings, we all know that there are excessive ranges of poverty in Baltimore,” the administrator mentioned. “Issues like this are including to that. His transcript isn’t uncommon to me. I’ve seen many transcripts, many report playing cards, like this explicit scholar.”
The college district despatched a two-page assertion to FOX 45 saying college students had obtained letters within the mail informing them of their tutorial standing over the summer season and that folks obtain automated voice messages when college students miss class. The district additionally mentioned it conducts dwelling visits to verify in on college students, however France mentioned nobody checked in on her son.
“Metropolis Faculties is reviewing actions that impacted scholar outcomes on the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visible Arts earlier than the 2020-2021 college yr,” the assertion reads.
France pulled her son out of the college, and he’s at present enrolled in an accelerated program that might enable him to graduate in 2023.