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Cheating scandal: Feds say teachers hired stand-in to take their certification tests
AP ^ | 11/25/2012 | Adrian Sainz

Posted on 11/25/2012 8:18:34 PM PST by Calamari

It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms.

For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: education; teacher; teachercheating

1 posted on 11/25/2012 8:18:41 PM PST by Calamari
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To: Calamari

It was all part of Clarence’s “No Hack Left Behind” program.


2 posted on 11/25/2012 8:23:15 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Makes one wonder how they got through college.


3 posted on 11/25/2012 8:31:25 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Calamari

Why, he was just using his own form of affirmative action.


4 posted on 11/25/2012 8:32:19 PM PST by Best and Brightest
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To: Best and Brightest

http://www.wlox.com/story/18993380/man-indicted-in-orchestrating-teacher-certification-examination-scheme


5 posted on 11/25/2012 8:32:47 PM PST by Best and Brightest
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To: Best and Brightest

bttt


6 posted on 11/25/2012 8:34:41 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Calamari
When will Eric Holder's DOJ come to the aid of "his people".

Almost certainly, this scandal will have a "disparate impact".

Sorry for such speculation...but you just know...

7 posted on 11/25/2012 8:37:23 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Calamari
Prosecutors and standardized test experts say students were hurt the most by the scheme because they were being taught by unqualified teachers.

Ya know, while I'd suspect that's so, on the other hand I'd sure like to see how these cheating teachers' classes panned out (if the teachers didn't in turn engineer cheating for the classes, that is). It would be funny to find that, say, 5 years into the job there wasn't any discernable difference in the competence of the classes led by these teachers. Meaning the tests were largely irrelevant hooey, and that the degrees from schools of education meant enough.

Yeah, I say a pox on all their houses....

8 posted on 11/25/2012 8:38:25 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Best and Brightest

Yes, he was affirmatively enhancing his bank account.


9 posted on 11/25/2012 8:39:32 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Calamari

They cheated.


10 posted on 11/25/2012 8:39:48 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Calamari

Bump


11 posted on 11/25/2012 8:47:03 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Calamari

Affirmative action.


12 posted on 11/25/2012 8:55:10 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Calamari

Hey, if Ted Kennedy can do it, then why not teachers?


13 posted on 11/25/2012 8:56:27 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Calamari

This sounds like state bar exams.


14 posted on 11/25/2012 9:14:25 PM PST by Kennard
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To: Calamari

Test Question Number 1: List a 7 letter word that starts with “c”, and
is an anagram of “teacher”.


15 posted on 11/25/2012 9:19:00 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: rfp1234

cheater... lol!


16 posted on 11/25/2012 9:20:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Calamari
I missed out! I could have made some cash! When I thought I wanted to be a teacher and graduated from college, I took the three teacher certification exams I needed in NY state, including a subject test. (Social Studies in my case.) I thought they were some of the easiest exams I had ever taken, and scored accordingly.

Not thinking much of it, I met with some of the other new graduates at a reception. People were talking about how hard the exams were, how they didn't know if they'd ever pass and I'd say at least 60% of the people there thought the exams were hard and/or did poorly. I was shocked.

Fast forward and one of those teachers is hired by my children's school and my daughter is put into her class. I went to the school and said I want a different teacher for my child for that subject. The school said that they didn't do teacher requests. I said I know she scored 40% on her first try on the subject area test and yet loves having the power to fail 13 year olds in the same subject. The class was changed.

I worked in education for a while and later left and started a business with my husband. I'm probably especially annoying to my children's school administrators because they know I know probably about 40% of teachers shouldn't even be in the profession for a variety of reasons. And I can pick them out from a mile away.

Anyway, I could have made some serious cash taking these exams for these people! I wasn't going to show anyone my results until all of the new teachers that had taken the exams started saying “She must have failed that's why she won't tell us.” That's when I got out my paperwork, and slammed it on the desk and showed them I had aced every one of them. One person said I was a genius. No, I'm not! I don't even think you'd need an education degree to pass these exams!

17 posted on 11/25/2012 9:20:50 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Calamari
Makes one wonder how they got through college.

Majored in education???
18 posted on 11/25/2012 9:23:23 PM PST by caveat emptor
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To: caveat emptor

I was in my mid-30s. Had no schooling after high-school. Lady friend across the street came into my house one afternoon, handed me a piece of paper. Said take this test. She timed me, I took the test. I took 3.5 minutes to answer all the q’s on both sides. She graded it. I got 100%.

THEN she told me that this was the test currently being given to qualify teachers. They had 2 hours to take it and only needed 50% to pass.

The teachers state-wide were in a huge ruckus because the test was SO hard.

OMG.


19 posted on 11/25/2012 9:33:17 PM PST by FrogMom (Chicken Little is coming, and he's right!)
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To: Calamari; windcliff

I have to wonder if Clarence reportd this income on his Taxes. I’m betting the answer is no.


20 posted on 11/25/2012 9:33:35 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Calamari

Liberal Arts. Nuff said..


21 posted on 11/25/2012 9:42:19 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: Calamari
This guy is a shoe in if Obama needs to replace an education czar...
22 posted on 11/25/2012 10:30:56 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Calamari
This guy is a shoe in if Obama needs to replace an education czar...
23 posted on 11/25/2012 10:31:08 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Calamari

How come I’m not surprised by these shenanigans by these Obama voters?


24 posted on 11/25/2012 11:40:44 PM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: FrogMom
I've known lots of teachers, mine, my children's, in US and Canada. None brilliant. Mine, in US in 40s and 50s, were OK - thoughtful, helpful, well-intentioned, but none as dumb as characterized in this thread. My kids' in Canada's teachers were not so thoughtful, helpful, and well-intentioned, but not stupid. Same with doctors, but more likely in Canada to encounter ass hole doctors, still not stupid.

My grandchildren in US are either home schooled, in Montessori schools, or in closely monitored public schools. Don't know much about them, but their teachers are not stupid.

I know plenty of teachers in my own small remote community in BC. Most are OK, a psychopath or two, political leftists, and only one that I known who is stupid; but hey I go shooting with my local high school principal! Seems like an OK guy.
25 posted on 11/26/2012 12:15:24 AM PST by caveat emptor
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To: MacMattico

Certainly far from the old picture of the educated schoolmarm. She’d have been aghast to see such an easy test and learn that her posterity was having such trouble. Sounds like any reasonably educated person would do well on it.

Really, someone ought to come up with a laundered version of the test (same logic, but different answers) and publish it, free, to the entire world on the web. Just to show the whole world how easy it really is.


26 posted on 11/26/2012 12:23:38 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: MacMattico

Thanks for your account! Police and Fire exams in many major cities have been dumbed down to fulfill racial (actually racist) quota system so why not teachers exams. I laugh when they puff up their chests and call themselves educators. Back in my public school days they called themselves teachers but were real educators, far superior to the breed we have today


27 posted on 11/26/2012 1:21:40 AM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Wait until you see what happens with medical training.


28 posted on 11/26/2012 2:32:46 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

5JimBob

Not a problem. We’ll just do what Britain did when faced with the same problem. Import doctors from the third world and strip their medical system bare of professionals.
November 25, 2012 - 11:30 am Link to this Comment | Reply

Richard http://pjmedia.com/blog/a-physicians-new-reality-patients-ask-me-to-break-the-law/?singlepage=true


29 posted on 11/26/2012 2:43:50 AM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

” Import doctors from the third world and strip their medical system bare of professionals.”

Already underway. So glad I spent most of my youth training..

I’ve thought about what advice to give my child about career choices, and have come to the conclusion that an important consideration is whether or not a chosen career is likely to have government intervention, or has government dependency. If so, think twice.


30 posted on 11/26/2012 2:48:17 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Calamari
to send someone else to take the tests in their place,

works at the voting booth too.

31 posted on 11/26/2012 2:56:17 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
"Wait until you see what happens with medical training."

Just go to a local VA hospital and your fears will be confirmed.

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


32 posted on 11/26/2012 3:00:24 AM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

check out this comment relating to importing doctors for 0-care to fill in the gaps. My point is there are many 3rd worlders who would love to be wage-slave doctors under 0-Care. Accepting compensation and working conditions our older American doctors would find insulting and will walk out on or retire >>>>>>

Rich K
This is true,especially up in Canada. My friend lives in BC and the wait for a simple visit is 90 days minimum,no exceptions. And all or most of the docs are Indies. And the best part is most speak sh_t English so getting understood is even a problem. Start practicing your Hindi folks.
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33 posted on 11/26/2012 3:06:13 AM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: caveat emptor
"Mumford eventually approached Shaw and asked her to take a biology certification examination on behalf of a teacher who had failed the test eleven times and was in danger of losing her job.

Shaw initially declined but, after meeting the teacher who needed the test taken, agreed to take the test for $1000. Shaw took approximately twelve to fifteen tests and was paid approximately $8,000," according to a statement issued by Stanton's office.

http://www.memphisflyer.com/CityBeatBlog/archives/2012/10/04/mentor-steered-new-teacher-to-cheating-scandal

34 posted on 11/26/2012 3:08:50 AM PST by saywhatagain
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To: Calamari

Yup, pretty much what I’d expect from public schoolteachers.


35 posted on 11/26/2012 4:29:19 AM PST by dinodino
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To: MacMattico

Public schoolteachers are, by and large, complete morons. Thank you for posting your experience, and I’m not surprised by it at all!


36 posted on 11/26/2012 4:31:57 AM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

Remember that old ditty; “Those who can do, those who can’t teach!”


37 posted on 11/26/2012 5:40:16 AM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence but it is the road to our ruin!)
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To: Calamari

That is sad. I took the Praxis Exam and passed on my first shot and I am not an Einstein by any means. Truly if people have to hire someone to take that exam than I don’t know how they passed their classes in college.


38 posted on 11/26/2012 6:00:10 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Calamari

This is another reason why I am so ademately against on-line college courses. How do we know it isn’t some wife or husband doing the course work for their spouse? I would ban all on-line classes if I were in charge. I know it is an easy money maker but I bet 99 percent of the student are big fat cheaters!!!!


39 posted on 11/26/2012 6:02:39 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Calamari

Why are the feds involved?

Is this one of those charges that involves the ever creeping fed rule?


40 posted on 11/26/2012 6:05:15 AM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: napscoordinator

I think they should go to a more online based model. Do the course work online and go to the campus for testing. If you are interested in learning the material you could do that free online but any certification you have to physically go to the campus and get tested and pay for that.


41 posted on 11/26/2012 6:15:56 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Chickensoup

Social Security and mail fraud.


42 posted on 11/26/2012 6:24:47 AM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Chickensoup

Probably interstate??


43 posted on 11/26/2012 6:25:19 AM PST by OldEagle
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To: Calamari

I took a Praxis exam several years ago to qualify as a substitute teacher.

I scored 192/200.

It’s not a particularly difficult test.

The idiots in the classroom are the teachers; teaching their pupils to be idiots. Or Socialists. Same thing.


44 posted on 11/26/2012 6:28:43 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: caveat emptor
That's the thing Caveat, there are some excellent public school teachers out there, but they don't take a stand against the failing school they may be working in or the terrible teacher they know is right next door. They stay in line with their union and defend the bad teachers convinced if they don't they're out of a job. Some of the worst teachers are your union agitators and fighters to uphold tenure rules (designed to protect free speech in college class rooms NOT poor teachers). When I went with my daughter to fill out her Freshman schedule, the Guidance Counselor pulled it up on her computer and knowing that I had a HS teaching background scanned the teachers names my daughter had gotten. Then under her breathe said “ok, got the good ones”.
45 posted on 11/26/2012 6:33:43 AM PST by MacMattico
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To: ex91B10

Yep, that’s exactly what I tell libs when they say what’s wrong with Obamacare? and I say two words “VA Hospitals” and somehow they get it.


46 posted on 11/26/2012 6:34:22 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

He probably hasn’t filed for taxes in years.


47 posted on 11/26/2012 7:42:45 AM PST by windcliff
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