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State Presses Criminal Charges Against 5 Philadelphia Educators In Cheating Scandal

Five School District of Philadelphia educators who worked at Cayuga Elementary have been criminally charged in connection with the state’s investigation into widespread cheating in city schools on standardized tests.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced today that school’s former principal, Evelyn Cortez, and four teachers — Jennifer Hughes, Lorraine Vicente, Rita Wyszynski, and Ary Sloane — have been charged with fostering a culture of cheating on the state’s standardized tests, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, over a period of five years.