Westbury HS principal temporarily reassigned amid grade-changing allegations

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A high school principal who an HISD investigation revealed ordered staff to change grades of failing students has been reassigned.

In a report released on Tuesday, the Office of Internal Audit determined the Westbury High School principal had the grades of 26 failing students changed to 80s.

The district says the principal has been temporarily reassigned off the campus while the investigation continues.

The report says the Westbury High School students were all in a classroom taught by a substitute/associate teacher and that the school principal made the request because he didn't believe "students should be penalized" for not having a certified teacher of record.

The HISD substitute teacher in question told Eyewitness News she refused the directive, which she received in a handwritten note.

The teacher, who asked not to be identified, told us, "When a child comes into class and tells me I don't have to do a thing, because I am going to get an 80, they're telling me they're entitled, and they are not."
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