Ex-Massachusetts principal gets probation in cheating scam

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Posted: Jan 09, 2015 9:26 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The former principal of a Massachusetts charter school has been sentenced to a year of probation for helping students cheat on standardized tests.

Janet Henry-Reilly was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield. She pleaded guilty in October to mail fraud for falsely certifying that tests had been administered honestly.

The Republican (http://bit.ly/1w5nVdR ) reports that prosecutors say Henry-Reilly was a pawn in a wider conspiracy to help students at the now-closed Robert M. Hughes Academy taking the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam.

Henry-Reilly was the only person indicted.

Prosecutors say in 2009 she told teachers to give clues and other tips to students taking the exam.

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She said she was under pressure from a member of the school's board of directors, who demanded a boost in test scores to stave off closure.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/