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State Seeks To Revoke Certification Of Principal In Cheating Scandal

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ State officials say they will try to revoke the teaching certification of a former Waterbury school principal, but won’t go after the credentials of 19 other city educators linked to a test-cheating scandal.

The Republican-American of Waterbury reports teachers at Hopeville Elementary School were notified of the state Department of Education’s decision this week. The school had struggled with poor scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test, but the 2011 results showed Hopeville somehow had higher math and reading scores than nearly every other school in the state.

Department investigators blamed Principal Maria Moulthrop and reading teacher Margaret Perugini for orchestrating cheating on the tests. Moulthrop resigned and Perugini retired last year before potential termination hearings.

State officials want to revoke Moulthrop’s certification.

Moulthrop didn’t immediately return a message Friday.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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