When our editorial staff met with administration in 2012, we were told that 750 eighth graders selected Maspeth High School as their top choice in a lottery for 250 available spots.
Word quickly spread that few, if any, eighth graders from the local Catholic middle schools were accepted. Although many questioned the authenticity of the open lottery, few could prove anything was being done wrong.
It was later reported that kids from public elementary schools did get preference over Catholic school students.
Maspeth High School is now under investigation after a number of former teachers and students reported that administrators conspired to change grades, alter tests and promote students without accountability.
The deceitful practices led to near-perfect graduation rates and a National Blue Ribbon School distinction.
But too many have come forward to ignore the accusations, and now the Queens District Attorney’s Office is looking into the matter.
Something just doesn’t smell right. Truthfully, it never did.
Countless readers called our offices over the past few years to inquire why so few Maspeth residents received admission to the school. We were told admission was random.
We now see if the grades at the school are rigged, was the admission process? What can those same parents do five years later?
They lost the ability to have their child attend a local school that was supposed to be built for them. That’s what the Department of Education sold the community when they sought input to build it.
It took eight years for this to come to light, doesn’t DOE have some accountability here?
If indeed true, the current situation is sad. The accountability for grade and test tampering falls squarely on the head of Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbi, who gave a black-eye to the Maspeth community.
Time to clean house at Maspeth High School.