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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN and MIMI KO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Massive confusion about policies and job responsibilities plagued Brea Olinda High School during the time when hundreds of student grades were illegally changed, but no employee willfully broke the law, according to a new report. Ronald Wenkart and Val Fadely, attorneys for the Orange County Department of Education who were asked to investigate the transcript-tampering scandal, suggested in their report to the school board Monday night that it draft clear policies and job descriptions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1994 | MIMI KO
Brea Olinda Unified School District board members this month are expected to approve a policy prohibiting any district employee or trustee from changing a student's grade without a written or verbal explanation from a teacher. The rule already is part of the state education code, but district officials said it needs to be specifically stated as school board policy in light of the grade-changing scandal in the district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1994 | MIMI KO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Brea Olinda High School journalism students return to school today, their first assignment will be to investigate the transcript tampering scandal that surfaced last spring, clouded the summer and is yet to be resolved. "I'm going to ask my students to get the story and try to find out the source of the problem," said Dorcas Hufferd, the school's journalism teacher, who spent Wednesday preparing her classroom for the students' arrival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN and MIMI KO, TIMES STAFF WRITER S and
As Brea Olinda High School employees corrected yet another batch of newly discovered errors in student transcripts Tuesday, district trustees said they will consider disciplining employees over the ever-widening scandal--but not until an attorney has finished his investigation into the matter.
NEWS
August 16, 1994 | MIMI KO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An independent auditor told the Brea Olinda Unified School Board on Monday that she had found 607 instances of illegal transcript tampering, including 136 failing grades that were not counted in grade-point averages, and more than 30 transcripts that still contain credits or grades never earned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1994
The apparent failure of the Brea Olinda High School principal to alert his superiors as soon as he learned of illegal changes to student transcripts was inexcusable. If an investigation now underway does not cast a more favorable light on Principal John Johnson's inaction, the school board will have to think twice about keeping him in the post.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About a dozen members of the Brea Olinda High School Class of 1993 graduated without meeting the school's requirements due to illegal transcript changes, district records revealed Tuesday, and the school's principal was told of widespread transcript-changing as early as last July but never alerted his superiors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An employee of the Brea Olinda Unified School District alerted top administrators last November of illegal grade-changing at the district's award-winning high school, but then-Supt. Edgar Z. Seal apparently misplaced the employee's written warning before reading it, district records revealed Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1994 | MIMI KO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the investigation continued into the Brea Olinda High School grade-changing scandal, a school board member alleged Monday that some teachers had been pressured into changing student grades. "There are instances that teachers were pressured from the administration to change grades, and I won't stand for that," trustee Todd A. Spitzer told the school board of the Brea Olinda Unified School District.
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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