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Tampa teacher accused of helping students with exam

TAMPA — Law teacher Karen McGuire looked at her students' final exam and saw material they had not learned in class.

So she put three answers on the board. Students said she then returned some papers to them so they could go over their work, in some cases with sticky notes signaling which questions to review.

These actions, described in a letter from the Hillsborough County school district, could cause her to be suspended without pay or, ultimately, dismissed.

The case of McGuire, 52, will be voted on Tuesday at the School Board meeting.

A teacher at King High School, McGuire has had a prior disciplinary case. According to the letter, she signed another teacher's name to a student's special education plan in 2009.

She has been with the school district 11 years. She could not be reached for comment.

The issue with the law exam came to light during an investigation of testing irregularities, according to the letter from professional standards manager Linda Kipley.

The letter says McGuire acknowledged writing answers on the board and suggesting the students take more time.

Results of the exam were invalidated and did not count toward McGuire's evaluation under Empowering Effective Teachers.

Marlene Sokol can be reached at (813) 226-3356 or sokol@tampabay.com.

Tampa teacher accused of helping students with exam 10/04/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:21pm]
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