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Teachers accused in test-taking fraud that spans three states, 15 years

Published November 25, 2012
Associated Press

  • In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, Neal Kingston, director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, talks about testing fraud in his Lawrence, Kan., office. Theres a never-ending war between those who try to maintain standards and those who are looking out for their own interests," says Kingston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - 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.
Authorities say the scheme affected hundreds -- if not thousands -- of public school students who ended up being taught by unqualified instructors.

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Why are so many people of the lowest caliber getting into the educational field, sexual predators (male and female), crooks, liberals. Something needs to be done or our future will be doom. The situation is alarming. There are a lot of good educators and all of these people are not doing them any favors, more and more people are getting into home schooling because the trust has been severely compromised.
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