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Clashing claims of grade changing plagues BISD

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Cheating took center stage in a Beaumont Independent School District news conference covering a wide range of issues Tuesday.

Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois said the Texas Education Agency has confirmed that a substitute teacher helped at least one student take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test, or TAKS.

The findings of a TEA investigation states that the teacher provided unallowable assistance to at least one student at Central High School.

The investigation stems from a complaint filed by former English teacher, Yvette Griffith, who said she witnessed the cheating, and that she reported it to then-Central principal Patricia Lambert. 

Lambert is now the assistant superintendent of secondary schools.

Griffith says Lambert did nothing, and let the students continue testing, instead of invalidating the exams.

Chargois says the teacher is no longer with the district, but what is still with BISD is a lawsuit filed by the daughter of associate principal Sharon Hendrix.

C'Brionne Hendrix claims Lambert manipulated class rankings to jeopardize her salutatorian status, but in court documents Lambert countered that Sharon Hendrix changed grades to benefit her daughter. 

So with two high ranking administrators accusing each other of cheating, we asked the superintendent what was being done about it.

Chargois said, "Anytime a student's grades is questioned, the integrity behind that process, we're going to look at it."

However, Sharon Hendrix says she had already brought the issue up to Chargois, and he claimed to have conducted an investigation.

Hendrix and her daughter have filed a grievance against Chargois and Lambert saying they falsely accused them of wrongdoing.

They're demanding a public retraction, a written apology and any other relief deemed just and proper. 

BISD Coach Tony Cox is also filing a grievance against Lambert.  Cox claims he was forced to transfer to South Park Middle School and accept a baseball coaching position at Ozen High School.  He had been at Austin Middle School and a baseball coach at Central High.

Cox considers the transfer part of what he calls "a continuing effort by Ms. Lambert to separate him from Central High School based on racial discrimination."


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