Charles Hankerson, Former Miami Northwestern High Principal, Embroiled in Grade-Changing Scandal
During the three years Hankerson was in charge of Miami Northwestern Senior High, he was a strict disciplinarian who oversaw school-wide improvement on the FCAT and tripled the number of students enrolled in college-level courses.
He requested a transfer last year following a dispute with the Northwestern alumni association over his treatment of the school's popular football coach, Billy Rolle. Following a win over Miami Edison last year, Hankerson fired Rolle, prompting an outcry from alums. Three days later, he reinstated the coach, whom Hankerson has known since middle school.
But Hankerson continued to clash with some students, alumni members, and other Northwestern supporters. He was roundly criticized when it was revealed that one of his assistant vice principals had forgotten to submit grades for students taking college courses that would have pushed Northwestern's overall grade from a D to a C. As a result, state education officials were considering closing the school or turning it over to a charter school operator.
Hankerson was supposed to start this school school year as principal at Miami Killian High. Instead, he has been reassigned to a region office while the investigation is conducted, says Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster.
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