Controversy surrounding RPS audit, transcripts concerns parents about graduation

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — College-bound seniors from Richmond Public Schools could pay the price for years of administrative mistakes after an audit of the school system revealed RPS has been missing the mark.  

Since the state’s decision to deny RPS a waiver cannot be appealed, the school system must immediately put together an action plan to correct transcript mistakes. 

With students in the middle of applying to colleges, the administration must work fast to make sure all mistakes are corrected. 

“My first reaction was is my son affected,” Dina Weinstein, an RPS parent, told 8News.

Many similar questions have come up for other RPS parents after mistakes by the school system course credits

“A class he signed up for was canceled,” Weinstein explained. “And then he was left with six classes where he should have had eight. And that took a while to figure out. Of course, there was disappointment.” 

Since 2015, the state found RPS assigned too many credit hours to several classes, never gained school board approval for certain courses and gave high school credit to classes middle school students passed when they were not eligible. 

“Parents who are concerned to request a copy of their child’s transcript. They should check the transcript and ask to meet with their counselor,” Weinstein said. 

Right now, RPS says students will graduate on time. The administration must immediately start reviewing transcripts, starting with seniors, and provide results by February. 

“We should get some closure in terms of ensuring that the transcripts are accurate,” said Kenya Gibson, a Richmond Public Schools’ board member. “And umm, let’s learn from this.”

GPA and class rank will change for many students since credit hours will be taken away. 

Credit for high school classes, like Spanish and Algebra I, taken by middle school students, will stay on those students’ transcripts. The school board will approve classes, if a course syllabus can be provided, in January. 

“This is now an opportunity for parents to be involved in this conversation,” Weinstein said. 

RPS hopes to launch a new transcript that meets state standards. The administration will also train counselors and update the course catalog. 

For RPS families who wish to learn more or speak about their concerns, there will be a meeting on Dec. 4 at Thomas Jefferson High School and another on Dec. 6 at Huguenot High School.

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