Highland teacher formally warned in cheating scandal

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by Brittany Noble / News 4 | @brittanyNoble

KMOV.com

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 6:27 AM

(KMOV.com) — Highland Superintendent Michael Sutton said he has been investigating for a month whether or not one of his teachers helped students cheat on state tests in March of 2013.

News 4 obtained a resolution approved by the school board on Monday. That is when the board decided to send the teacher a formal letter of remedial warning.

In it – the letter said:

“While you denied the allegations, you provided no logical explanation as to why 11 of your students would accuse you of such conduct. Without any logical explanation as to why these students would fabricate such serious allegations against you, coupled with the fact that all students consistently reported the same actions, the administration finds the students testimony to be more credible than yours due to the fact that you did have a motive to engage in such conduct. “

The letter went on to say the teacher wanted the students to do well so that it would be a positive reflection on the educator.

The board agreed the teacher will have to undergo training and follow the districts policies, goals and procedures in order to maintain their job.

Finally, the investigation will be sent to the state board on Friday. It is possible the board will take more actions.

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