Superintendent Search to be Topic of Dec. 4 Town Hall

December 06, 2018 - 12:55

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle Board of Education invites the community to attend a Town Hall meeting to discuss the search for a new Superintendent of Schools, starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of Isaac E. Young Middle School, 270 Centre Ave.

At the session, the community will meet Dr. Harold A. Coles, Superintendent of Southern Westchester BOCES, who has been retained to conduct the search. Members of the public will have the opportunity to give their input on what qualities they would like to see in the District's next top educator.

City School District of New Rochelle

New Rochelle Board of Education Press Conference on T&M Report on Apex Credit Recovery Investigation

December 05, 2018 - 18:14

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- School Board President Jeffrey Hastie and Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey held a press conference this morning to take questions about the T&M Report on Apex Credit Recovery Investigation.

Presser Apex Report 12/5/18

CBS2NEWS/TONY AIELLO: Could you just start by explaining what was at the center of this investigation? What is Apex? What is an easy way to explain to parents what this credit recovery system is?

Crazy New Rochelle School Board Meeting: Report in Grade-Fixing Scandal Released, Shadia Fired, Shadia Speaks

December 05, 2018 - 07:00

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- School Board Jeffrey Hastie announced tonight that the New Rochelle Board of Education accepted the final report from T&M Protection Resources on our use of online credit courses at New Rochelle High School. 

“This is the first step in rebuilding trust in an educational system that prides itself on the quality of the education we deliver,” said Hastie.

Shadia Alvarez Addresses New Rochelle School Board Moments After Being Fired

T&M Makes Recommendations on Online Coursework in Wake of Apex Abuse

December 04, 2018 - 18:37

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- T&M Protection Resources made a set of recommendations to the New Rochelle Board of Education after their soon-to-be released credit recovery investigation revealed “numerous deficiencies in the method by which NRHS implemented the online learning platform which allowed for improper grading and violations of school practice regarding grade entries and proctoring.”


Report on Apex Investigation of New Rochelle High School Leaves Many Questions Left Unanswered

December 04, 2018 - 16:04

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The T&M Protection Resources report on its investigation of credit recovery abuse at New Rochelle High School raises new questions and leaves open unfinished business.

First and foremost, no one was placed under oath. It appears at least two witnesses lied to investigators which would be a crime had it been sworn testimony.

Leaked Apex Report Obtained by Talk of the Sound Depicts Rampant Grade-Fixing at New Rochelle High School

December 04, 2018 - 03:16

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Talk of the Sound has obtained a leaked copy of a long-awaited report by T&M Protection Resources on allegations of grade-fixing in connection with credit recovery programs at New Rochelle High School.

The 166-page report focused primarily on massive failures by the school and district administration and the use of the Apex Learning credit recovery system, but also cleared a guidance counselor of wrong-doing in response to allegations made by three teachers in the Art Department at New Rochelle High School.

What Really Happened with Legal Services RFP Pulled by New Rochelle BOE?

December 02, 2018 - 20:16

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Despite repeated claims by leadership of the New Rochelle Board of Education that an RFP for Legal Services issued in October was pulled because it was “filled with errors” or had “a litany of errors”, a line-by-line analysis of changes between the RFP issued in October and a second RFP issued in November shows nothing of the sort.

CORRECTION: 212 Grades for 32 Students Not 200 Students in New Rochelle High School Grade-Fixing Scandal

December 01, 2018 - 18:16

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Doh! We had got it right the first time based on the T&M invoices. The much anticipated investigative report on abuses of Apex Learning’s credit recovery says Shadia Alvarez manually entered grades into the Apex Learning system 212 times for 32 students on 40 courses, this according to a source who was reading to us from the report itself. We apologize for the error, our original source had heard the figure “200” and understood that to mean 200 students not 200 grades. Our newest source was actually reading from the report.

Has New Rochelle High School Turned into a Credit Recovery Mill?

December 01, 2018 - 10:18

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- As the big day approaches, the long-promised release of the T&M Protection Serviced credit recovery investigation report, I want to take readers back to my first public utterances on what has come to be known as the Apex scandal. Unfair really, because Apex is just a web-based educational software company. While it may appear this is really a scandal of certain people engaged in fraud to artificially inflate graduation rates, the real scandal is that New Rochelle High School was turned into a “credit recovery mill”.