Patrick Henry Downtown Academy
A rapid response to credible allegations of enrollment and attendance report tampering at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy found numerous discrepancies between the manual attendance records completed by teachers and the official attendance records submitted to the state electronically by the school's office personnel. A school employee testified under oath that the school principal directed her to alter attendance data when entering it into the electronic system. The overwhelming impact of these discrepancies was to inflate attendance, thereby increasing funding and attendance percentages. The principal was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and hearing.
Many other audits revealed missing monies, but insufficient documentation existed to determine what happened to the funds and/or to support a criminal proceeding.