From the Daily News:
A Queens school is under investigation for inflating the grades of several failing students - promoting them although they flunked math and couldn't do the work.
Teachers say administrators at Public School 147 in Cambria Heights doctored failing grades into passing ones and bumped seventh-graders up to eighth grade.
"I was told that no students were going to summer school this year, so everyone had to pass," math teacher Darren Johnson said.
Copies of student evaluation forms obtained by the Daily News show two math teachers at PS 147 failed nine seventh-graders with a final score of 55. But copies of three of the students' report cards - dated two weeks later - show a final grade of 65.
An Education Department spokeswoman said neither the principal nor agency officials would comment because the investigation is ongoing.
Some of the students who flunked rarely turned in homework assignments, teachers said, and could not perform basic algebra problems. Most did not pass the state math exams. One student was late 52 days.
Johnson, who resigned last month, says an assistant principal told him PS 147 could not pay for summer school.
The Education Department pays for summer school only for children who get the lowest possible score on state exams. Schools must dip into their budgets to pay for extra help for other kids, including those who failed a class.