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Washington Teachers’ Union Calls for Critical Examination of DCPS Cheating Allegations

WTU’s Saunders: “With a renewed focus of potential cheating in District of Columbia Public Schools, elected officials must no longer teeter around the edges of education reform without exercising their public responsibility to provide proper oversight and protect public school students.”

Washington, D.C. (January 9, 2013)—Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) President Nathan A. Saunders statement on media reports of cheating in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

“Cheating is a flagrant disservice to District children, families and communities. Any teacher, administrator or school official that is associated with cheating, or encourages a dishonest academic environment, must be held accountable. Furthermore, wrongdoers cause educational dysfunction in schools where good teachers are adversely affected when inflated test scores cannot be further sustained.

“With a renewed focus of potential cheating in District of Columbia Public Schools, elected officials must no longer teeter around the edges of education reform without exercising their public responsibility to provide proper oversight and protect public school students.

“D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie’s insistence to critically examine the methodology, results and limited scope of the Inspector General’s investigation is commendable and necessary. Additional witnesses, including teachers and administrators, should have the opportunity to participate and even be subpoenaed to provide sworn testimony where appropriate. Other council members must be equally diligent in analyzing troubling components of the city’s education reform agenda.

“DCPS teachers have been sacrificed, blamed and vilified in a city where students who enter the classroom every day are hungry, homeless, and in many instances, educationally neglected in their homes.

“We must move away from an atmosphere that places a strong emphasis on high-stakes student testing and embrace an educational philosophy based on genuine student learning, discovery and exploration.”

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