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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Is This Another Regents Cheating Scandal Involving A School Under Superintendent Amiee Horowitz?
In the New York Post today an article by Susan Edelman has exposed a potential Regents cheating scandal that involved Automotive High School. According to the article students who failed the Living Environment and Algebra Regents in January, were allowed to appeal their grades and 5 of the 9 students were found to have passed one or the other Regents. While I'm sure that Regents grade appeals are very common throughout the City, the question is who where the educators that re-graded the Regents test papers?
My understanding is that any appeal of a Regents grade is done by outside educators who have no affiliation with the school or subject to pressure from the District Superintendent. However, according to the New York Post article an insider claimed the re-grading was done by a select group of teachers at Automotive High School appointed by the embattled Principal Caterina Lafergola. The article included the following:
Automotive insiders said Lafergola instructed several teachers to go into a room and re-score the January exams in March.
Of course, the DOE disputed the claim and said that no Automotive High School teachers were involved in the re-grading. Maybe the DOE should supply the names of the re-graders and their school affiliation to put the accusation to rest. However, the DOE has not done so further fueling speculation of another Regents cheating scandal.
As for Superintendent Amiee Horowitz? This is not the first time she has been linked in a Regents cheating scandal. Remember, the post I wrote about her earlier this year? That's right, while Superintendent of District 20, she not only failed to look into a Regents cheating allegation but tried to take the license of a untenured teacher who was the whistle blower that she discontinued after the teacher reported the Regents cheating. Interestingly, SCI eventually did investigate the Regents cheating and substantiated the discontinued teacher's accusation which resulted in 3020-a charges against the educator who was involved in the Regents cheating at the school.
While there is no proof that Superintendent Amiee Horowitz condones Regents cheating but if these new charges prove to be true, her failure again to take appropriate action against school administrators who have been implicated in the Regents cheating is very troubling and makes me wonder if she is competent to be a Superintendent. Then again under the disappointing Chancellor, Carmen Farina. its cronyism over competence, when selecting who should be a Superintendent under her administration.