The Department of Education has released a statement about the status of their investigation into a New York City principal who stood accused of cheating on Common Core testing before her death this past April, the New York Post reports.
Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, jumped in front of the B train at 135th Street station in New York City on April 17, after allegedly being caught cheating on Common Core testing at Teachers College Community School.
Worrell-Breeden was pulled from underneath the train, but she died little over one week later at Harlem Hospital. Her death has been ruled a suicide.
“Principal Worrell-Breeden was the subject of allegations of testing improprieties,” DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye said. “An investigation substantiated these allegations, and we closed the investigation following her tragic passing.”
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The leap came at 9:20 a.m., less than 24 hours after her 47 third-graders wrapped up three days sweating over the high-stakes English exam — the first ever given at the fledgling school.
It was also the same day a whistleblower reported the cheating to DOE officials.
Parents were shocked and saddened to learn Worrell-Breeden died but were given no details at the time. It was rumored she was killed in a car crash.
Parents were in for another shock in June. Superintendent Gale Reeves told them in a meeting that all the third-grade English exams had been “red-flagged” and “invalidated.”
“The children didn’t do anything wrong, and the teachers didn’t do anything wrong,” Diane Tinsley, a mother of one of the third-graders, quoted Reeves saying. Reeves refused to explain.
Worrell-Breeden was founder of Teachers College Community School and reportedly made $135,000 a year. The school partnered with Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and served pre-K to third grade.
In a letter sent out to parents and students on June 22, Superintended Reeves wrote, “The integrity of the assessment was compromised due to actions outside your child’s control.”
Read more at the New York Post.
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