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Florida to consider penalty for teacher accused of cheating



In a case that goes before the state Education Practices Commission next week, a Pinellas teacher has agreed to a one-year suspension and two years of probation in the wake of allegations that she helped third graders cheat on a test that could have helped determine whether they were promoted or retained.

According to the administrative complaint, attached below, Kristen Boyd, a former Plumb Elementary teacher, reviewed her students' assessment tests at some point last school year and "handed some students' tests back to them with notes that listed the questions the students had answered incorrectly." She also "instructed the students to re-answer those questions."

The complaint says Boyd resigned from the district in March, in lieu of a recommendation for firing.

She signed a proposed settlement in September. It says she would accept a 1-year suspension of her Florida teaching certificate and two years probation; pay a $500 fine and $300 in probation monitoring costs; and agree to take a college-level ethics course. It also says she neither admits nor denies the allegations.

The EPC will decide whether the settlement is acceptable or if greater or lesser sanctions are warranted.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:03am]


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