Big public school test cheating scandal in Philly!

Philadelphia Teachers, Principal Charged in Test Cheating Scandal / Cheating operation allegedly went on for five years By Vince Lattanzio NBC10.com

For five years, teachers and the principal of a Philadelphia elementary school allegedly engaged in an cheating operation to raise test scores for a state standardized exam, Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor said on Thursday morning.

Now, they face criminal charges.

Nobody is going to jail! They’ll all be working in Delaware schools.

Five educators — four teachers and their principal — at Cayuga Elementary School in the Hunting Park section of the city allegedly changed or provided answers to students and reviewed test questions for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) before giving the test, according to Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

“Cheating robs children of a good education and hurts kids and families,” Kane said in a statement. “The alleged misconduct by these educators is an affront to the public’s trust and will not be tolerated.

From 2007 through 2012, principal Evelyn Cortez and teachers Jennifer Hughes, Lorraine Vicente, Rita Wyszynski and Ary Sloane allegedly instructed students to record test answers on scrap paper so their work could be checked, a grand jury investigation found.

Cortez “blatantly promoted” the act over the PA system at the nearly 450 student school, the AG’s Office said.

Gee, I hope the Delaware Department of Education puts those names in Uniblab 2015. Perhaps we can’t catch them applying for a jobs at DE DOE.

This kind of cheating goes on all the time but a little more discreetly!

Cortez, 59, Vicente, 41, and Hughes, 59, have all been charged with felony Corrupt Organizations, Perjury, Tampering with Public Records or Information as well as several misdemeanors.

Wysznski, 65, and Sloane, 56, are charged with felony Tampering with Public Records or Information and misdemeanors including Forgery.

Take their pensions away if found guilty!

Cortez’s attorney, Matthew Sedacca, told NBC10.com that his client contends “the charges are not true.”

“She is denying these allegations and we are going to fight them. We have not seen any of the paperwork that has been presented by the Attorney General’s Office,” he said.

Hughes’ attorney, Leno Thomas, said his client is innocent. “We look forward to defending in court vigorously.”

Attorney information for the other teachers was not immediately available.

Folks after a few days this story will be history and we’ll never know the outcome.

Gallard said the district disciplined or fired 15 employees earlier this year following a separate, unrelated internal investigation of test taking practices at 19 schools.

At 19 schools DAMN !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well this is what we get with high-stakes testing! 

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