WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A Waterbury reading teacher implicated for allegedly helping coordinate a cheating scheme is retiring rather than face termination proceedings.

The Republican-American of Waterbury reports that Margaret Perugini submitted her retirement paperwork Friday to city officials.

The 15-year veteran will qualify for a pension, health benefits and a yet-undetermined payment worth half of any unused sick days.

A state-led investigation found Hopeville School students were improperly coached to change wrong answers on last spring’s Connecticut Mastery Test, raising suspicions when the school posted Connecticut’s highest scores.

An investigator concluded Perugini and Hopeville Principal Maria Moulthrop orchestrated the plan, though both deny the allegations and Perugini is fighting her possible firing. Numerous attempts to reach them have been unsuccessful.

About 160 current and former Hopeville students re-took the test last month.


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