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Pa. Lawmaker Demanding Response On Philadelphia School Cheating Allegations

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Word of a cheating scandal in Atlanta schools (see related story) got a Pennsylvania state legislator thinking: what ever happened to a similar case in Philadelphia?

Back in May, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that teachers at Roosevelt Middle School and FitzSimons High School said they’d seen security violations on standardized tests, including having answers written on a blackboard.

Pennsylvania state representative Michael McGeehan of Northeast Philadelphia says he wants to know the results of any Philadelphia School District investigation into those allegations.  McGeehan is calling on the state education secretary to release the results of any probe.

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(Pa. Rep. Michael McGeehan. Photo provided)

“I think the public, in light of the Atlanta scandal, has a right to know if the system and the improprieties were observed in Philadelphia,” McGeehan (right) told KYW Newsradio today.

Specifically, McGeehan says he wants the use of “erasure analysis” to see how many wrong answers may have been changed to the correct ones.

A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Education said today that the education secretary had not yet received McGeehan’s letter.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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