A high-school counselor has sued the Houston Independent School District because, she claims, she was fired for truthfully reporting that officials at her school regularly inflated grades and graduation rates in order to receive a coveted “Acceptable” rating from state regulators.
The frenzy to graduate enough students included providing 40 hours of credit for failing students who attended a four-hour service at a local Baptist church, Courthouse News Service reports. The pastor was a school district employee.
Long-troubled Sam Houston High School hired the counselor, Sabrina Norman, in June 2008. She came to the school with roughly three decades of experience, and her job was to schedule classes for students. In the course of her employment, she began to notice a rash of excessive student absences.