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DOE Probes Credit Scam Allegations At Bronx High School

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The Department of Education is investigating allegations hundreds of students at one South Bronx High School were awarded credit for classes they never took.

Jane Adams High School principal Sharron Smalls and members of her staff are accused of giving students bogus dual credit deals for taking only one course.

Some students allegedly got chemistry credit for taking beauty courses, while others are said to have received geography credits for taking a tourism class.

The bogus credits go as far back as 2008 and according to published reports the DOE began investigating this year after several teachers complained.

"This is an ongoing investigation but when you design a school system where it's about playing numbers games versus actual education of children this is a result of that," said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.

"I filled out my college applications. I want to go to John Jay and what if I do get accepted into that college in September and I'm not going to be able to go to that college," said one Jane Adams High student.

In a statement, the Department of Education said, "This is a school that for years has performed far below citywide averages on critical academic measures, which is why we are considering phasing it out and providing students with better options." ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP