After grade fixing scandal most Kennedy students will graduate

93-percent of seniors will graduate as school moves on from grade scandal
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114 of 123 seniors from John F. Kennedy High School will graduate on time this year. 

The number includes three students who stayed behind to complete course work and earn credits for their diploma. 

There’s more good news as two juniors will also be getting their degrees. 

Since New Beginnings Schools Foundation took over the school is putting a grading scandal from the year before behind it.

“When you talk about blood, sweat and tears, I know what that means because I’ve seen a lot of this,” New Beginnings CEO Kevin George told The Lens.   

The 2020 class is night and day from the previous year when just one half of the senior class graduated.  The situation declined into near chaos as administrators bailed out and parents brought lawsuits against the school and its charter operators. 

Meanwhile, the class of 2020 has had to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak and sequestration of students at home. 

The students received a boost from Governor Bottom of Form

John Bel Edwards when he waived attendance requirements and simplified graduation requirements — dropping some exam requirements for the class of 2020 and allowing districts to rewrite grading policies — leaving the decision up to districts.

Thursday, New Beginnings board took the move to end their chartership of the John F. Kennedy High School and Pierre A. Capdau Charter School.  KIPP New Orleans Schools takes over Kennedy July first and InspireNOLA will assume control of Capdau. 

Even though they are bowing out, New Beginnings will still be subject to lawsuits from the grade scandal and needs nearly a half million dollars to close out their commitment to the employees and staff at the schools.