FBI investigating allegations of grade fraud in NYC schools

Elise Czajkowski
January 28, 2020 - 1:36 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Federal authorities are looking into allegations of widespread grade fraud in New York City, according to Queens City Council Member Robert Holden. 

Holden told the New York Post that he met with officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office about a probe into academic fraud, and that the FBI has contacted whistleblower teachers.

Holden had contacted the US Attorneys in Manhattan and Brooklyn in November, asking that they look into grade-fixing and cheating around the city. According to the Post, Holden told the feds that the orchestrated effort to cover up this wrongdoing could be considered racketeering.

Whistleblowers have also told Holden and The Post that the office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation is focused more on boosting stats than dealing with corruption in the school system.

A spokesperson for Mayor Bill De Blasio told The Post that the city had not been notified of a federal investigation.

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