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Teacher tries to save her job

Barbaraheggaton Barbara Heggaton, a special education teacher at Moon Lake Elementary School, tried Monday to avoid becoming the first Pasco County teacher ever to be fired for improperly helping students on the FCAT test. Heggaton defended herself during a 5-hour hearing before the School Board, saying she might have reworded questions on the exam, but she didn't know that was not allowed. Her lawyer asked if she would have done anything differently had she read the testing manual. "I don't think so," Heggaton answered. "My intention was to help the child understand the question."

Not good enough, countered superintendent Heather Fiorentino, who wants the School Board to dismiss the 20-year teacher. "I believe not reading the (manual) is knowingly not doing your job," Fiorentino said during questioning. "She's a professional. First time, last time, every time should be done correctly."

To read the full story, check back here in the morning or read the St. Petersburg Times Pasco edition.

(Times photo, Mike Pease)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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