February 28, 2022
Marck Abraham, former Acting Principal of McKinley High School, who many teachers openly blame for the recent tragic events and the schools downward spiral, is facing accusations of grade fraud. Fox 29 reporter Emily Girsch reported on February 23, 2022 that a recently retired McKinley Spanish teacher, Kathy Frank, has come forward with troubling allegations of brazen grade fraud by the now unemployed, former acting Principal. (click here) Mrs. Frank alleges that she noticed her grades were changed in January 2019 after she entered them into BPS online grading portal. Frank then went to the guidance counselor who was responsible for freshmen to investigate. The guidance counselor admitted to switching Frank's grades and explained "Principal Abraham told me to switch them."
The above referenced Fox 29 story came out one day after WKBW-7 reporter Ashley Rowe reported that in September 2020 a different McKinley teacher alerted the Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore and BPS Superintendent Kriner Cash that Abraham had scheduled a student for a 2nd "shadow class" halfway through the 2019-2020 school-year, when it became apparent that the student may fail the teachers class. (click here) Rumore and Cash were notified by the teacher in a lengthy document that included proof attached (transcripts, messages with the student, schedule etc.) The student received a 50 for the 1st and 2nd marking periods. Instead of Abraham encouraging the student to start attending class, he circumvented the system and scheduled the student for the same class, with another teacher. It was obvious that Abraham's plan was that, whichever teacher gave the student a higher grade, that grade would count, which is a classic case of "grade fraud." Oddly enough, Abraham just happens to own a business, Mea Consultants (http://meaconsultantsllc.com/), predicated upon the concept that he travels around the country peddling his "secret sauce" on "graduating black and brown males from high school." So when Abraham saw a "black/brown" senior male student receiving a 50 for the first two marking periods, he had to act, in order to ensure that his "self fulfilling prophecy", of having high graduation rates for black and brown young men would come true. In the Fox 29 story Abraham was quoted, “I was able to take the graduation rate from 60% to 93% for black males." Mrs. Girsch pressed Abraham on this and asked, “It’s been alleged that you’ve been inflating grades in order to achieve that graduation data", to which Abraham answered, "that is completely false." It is quite noteworthy that both of these grade fraud allegations, took place during the 2019-2020 school-year, which was Abraham's last as acting Principal at McKinley, and the year during which he claims to have graduated 93% of the "black and brown male students of McKinley." There are rumors that more teachers have come forward recently with additional grade fraud allegations against Abraham. Check back frequently for updates.