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State audit underway to find out if Hempstead HS students are on track to graduate

Results of the evaluation will determine if the school will be placed under outside management

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HEMPSTEAD — The State Education Department has decided to audit Hempstead High School to review students' records and evaluate whether or not they have enough credits to graduate.

All students in the State of New York must earn at least 22 credits and pass five Regents exams to graduate. And the state's findings could determine whether or not the school will be placed under an outside manager.

The Hempstead School District has a history of low graduation rates and gang violence. In addition, the district is under fire for divided school leadership, coming just weeks after a federal judge denied the ousted superintendent's request to return to work.

In 2015, the State Education Department listed Hempstead High School as a "persistently struggling" school under state receivership law.

However, Emily Desantis, an Education Department spokesperson, says the department could not determine whether or not the district has improved since then, and that its data is still under review.

Hempstead School District Acting Superintendent Regina Armstrong and local Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe have not responded to requests for comment.

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