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Altered Grades At West L.A. Charter School Spawn LAPD Investigation

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LAPD is investigating a case of apparent grade tampering at New West Charter School in West Los Angeles after the University of Miami noticed something was wrong with an applicant's transcripts.

Three students' were found to have altered grades, including a pair of siblings whose grades were altered over Thanksgiving break in 2015. The other students' grades were modified earlier in November, according to the Los Angeles Times.

New West Charter filed a police report with LAPD back in March. KTLA reports that what seems to have happened is a student somehow managed to obtain a college counselor's login information for the school's academic records system. They logged in and, voila, all those Cs turned into As.

As it happens, a trace on the computers used to make the alterations revealed the grades of the siblings were changed from a computer located in Great Neck New York. Believe it or not, the two siblings were in New York for their Thanksgiving break.

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New West Charter Principal offered the following short statement on the affair:

"As an authorized charter, we have specific procedures in place to deal with any type of issue that may come up and, quite frankly, that's what we are doing," said Weir to the L.A. Times.

Frankly, we're glad.