Furr High principal faces allegations of changing grades, improper spending, court papers show

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:41:32 PM. Allegations of changing grades, improper spending and harassment are among the issues that led Houston ISD administrators to place Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons under additional investigation, newly obtained records show.
Allegations of changing grades, improper spending and harassment are among the issues that led Houston ISD administrators to expand their investigation of Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons, the widely known educator temporarily removed from her post last September, newly obtained records show. Court documents filed by district officials Friday offer the first glimpse into additional allegations against the 83-year-old Simmons. Superintendent Richard Carranza previously described the allegations as "pretty serious" in an interview last month, but he declined to elaborate. A district memorandum included in court records show Houston ISD officials are investigating several issues involving Simmons, including "recording of student grades," "attendance and discipline reporting," "discrimination and harassment claims," "master scheduling" and "expenditures." The memorandum offers no additional details on the nature of the allegations. Houston ISD spokesman Tracy Clemons said Monday that the investigation is ongoing. He declined to provide additional details on the allegations. Simmons' lawyer, Scott Newar, said in a statement Monday that the district is engaged in a "witch hunt" and "taxpayers should be outraged that the district continues to spend" money on the investigation. Earlier Chronicle coverage Furr High School students demand return of their tough-talking principal Esteemed principal's banishment is head-scratcher Houston ISD investigating new...Read more
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