Bronx Principal Called Cheat, Suspended by DOE

The principal is accused of instructing teachers to doctor attendance records, and giving credits for classes students didn't take.

Saturday, Mar 10, 2012  |  Updated 11:12 AM EDT
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Bronx Principal Called Cheat, Suspended by DOE

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The principal of a well-regarded public school in the Bronx has been relieved of her duties after city officials accused her staff of falsifying student records to inflate the school's graduation rate.

 
City education officials said in a 113-page report that principal Lynn Passarella oversaw a scheme at the Theatre Arts Production Company School in which teachers were instructed to doctor attendance records, refrain from failing students, and give others credit for classes they hadn't taken.
 
Passarella didn't respond to messages seeking comment Friday.
 
School officials say they are planning to fire Passarella. They have also revoked a $25,000 pay bonus she got for high academic achievement at the school.
 

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