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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1994 | MIMI KO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An auditor Friday began looking into past grade-changing practices at Brea Olinda High School to determine if a broader investigation is warranted, officials said. Rachel Alcorn, a registrar at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, was hired by the Brea Olinda Unified School District Board of Education on Thursday to audit the high school's computerized transcripts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1994 | MIMI KO
The Brea Olinda Unified School District Board of Education will interview former and current counselors, registrars and administrators July 16 and 18 to determine how hundreds of student grades were illegally changed at Brea Olinda High School. More than 360 grades had been changed from the traditional A, B, C, D and F to simple "pass" notations to boost students' grade-point averages, which increased their chances to graduate and get into colleges and universities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1994 | MIMI KO
The Brea Olinda Unified School District is creating a committee to draft policies in order to prevent student grade changing without teacher approval, and will hire an auditor to review past practices in which grades were changed by former guidance counselors. The district was rocked recently when it was revealed that more than 360 grades of Brea Olinda High School students had been changed to simple "pass" notations instead of the traditional A, B, C, D or F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1994 | MIMI KO
Two more former Brea Olinda High School academic counselors, accused last week by top school officials of changing student letter grades to simple "pass" notations, have denied engaging in the practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1994 | MIMI KO and JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two days before graduation, the Brea Olinda Unified School District reduced the number of credits it requires for a high school diploma so that 55 seniors could graduate on time Wednesday. The students at Brea Olinda High School were at risk of not graduating as a result of a grade-changing scandal in which, among other things, some students received double credit for taking the same course, school officials acknowledged Friday.
NEWS
June 17, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN and MIMI KO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Brea Olinda High School officials acknowledged Thursday that academic counselors altered about 360 student grades last fall--a procedure they now concede is illegal--and hired an auditor to investigate the widening scandal at one of the county's most prominent high schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1994 | MIMI KO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Academic counselors at Brea Olinda High School changed grades for about 70 students and in about 40 instances awarded double credit to boost students' chances of graduating or getting into college, district officials said Wednesday. The counselors gave a simple "P" for passed instead of the traditional A, B, C, or D grades in certain classes so the students' grade-point averages would not suffer and they would not lose a chance of getting accepted at a college or university.
SPORTS
March 19, 1993 | LONNIE WHITE
Forward J.R. Rider of Nevada Las Vegas said Thursday during a news conference that school officials should be held accountable for their role in his season-ending suspension. Rider was suspended Tuesday when it was revealed that a tutor had done some summer-school work that Rider submitted as his own. Rider read a prepared statement at the law office of his legal adviser, Steve Stein, before about 50 observers, one of them UNLV Coach Rollie Massimino.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1992
Palos Verdes Peninsula school officials said Wednesday that they have asked the Sheriff's Department to investigate whether two students who broke into a high school office to change grade records should be prosecuted. The students were among 14 who were suspended from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in the grade-tampering scheme.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1992 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fourteen students at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School were suspended this week after school officials discovered they had been involved in a break-in of the campus counseling office to change their first-semester transcripts. The students, who were not identified, included several seniors whose altered transcripts were later sent to universities, among them Harvard and Yale. Principal Kelly Johnson said the "majority of these kids would have no need to do this. They (are) good students."
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