Possible cheating scandal brewing in EBR Parish School System - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Possible cheating scandal brewing in EBR Parish School System

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

State Education Superintendent John White confirmed late Wednesday his department is looking into possible cheating within the East Baton Rouge Parish public school system.

"We have received some indication there may be a discrepancy on some academic records in East Baton Rouge Parish," White said in a statement. "We're going to be looking into the situation."

The Times-Picayune newspaper's website, NOLA.COM, published a lengthy article on the possible cheating scandal. NOLA.COM quoted a source saying the state Department of Education will announce Thursday that it is auditing the EBR School System following "allegations that students were allowed to cheat in online courses and graduate without meeting requirements."

NOLA.com reported their staff has received documentation from a whistle blower in the school district, which describes lax oversight and district policies not being followed when students take online courses. Among the allegations are students taking tests at times outside of school hours, a student being allowed to graduate despite having been caught cheating on a math graduation exit exam, and students using the online search engine Google to get answers to test questions.

EBR school spokesman Keith Bromery told WAFB 9NEWS by phone that he did not yet have enough information to comment on the matter.

Tarvald Smith, Vice President of the EBR Parish School Board, said by phone Wednesday evening that he was just hearing of the allegations and had no concrete information. "But I plan to be in the (district) superintendent's office first thing in the morning to ask questions," Smith said.

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan

    The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan

    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:15 AM EST2018-02-24 06:15:26 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:26 AM EST2018-02-24 10:26:47 GMT
    (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). Security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.  Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said several people were wounded in Saturday's a...(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). Security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said several people were wounded in Saturday's a...

    Afghan official says at least three security personnel have been killed in separate suicide bombing attacks in southern Helmand province.

    Afghan official says at least three security personnel have been killed in separate suicide bombing attacks in southern Helmand province.

  • The Latest: Still no Olympics coverage in North Korea

    The Latest: Still no Olympics coverage in North Korea

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:14 PM EST2018-02-24 01:14:57 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:18 AM EST2018-02-24 10:18:30 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

  • American Krupp, Canadian Macek fully committed to Germany

    American Krupp, Canadian Macek fully committed to Germany

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:05 AM EST2018-02-24 09:05:09 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:18 AM EST2018-02-24 10:18:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). Bjorn Krupp (40), of Germany, and goalie Den Birken Danny Aus (33) defend the goal against Rene Bourque (17), of Canada, during the second period of the semifinal round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics i...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). Bjorn Krupp (40), of Germany, and goalie Den Birken Danny Aus (33) defend the goal against Rene Bourque (17), of Canada, during the second period of the semifinal round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics i...

    American-born Bjorn Krupp and Canadian-born Brooks Macek don't feel at all conflicted about playing for Germany at the Olympics.

    American-born Bjorn Krupp and Canadian-born Brooks Macek don't feel at all conflicted about playing for Germany at the Olympics.

Powered by Frankly