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Illinois Superintendent of Education Robert Leininger has upheld a hearing officer's finding that a former elementary-school principal in Lake Forest retain her administrative certification that was suspended following a cheating scandal at her school.

Mr. Leininger ruled last month that charges of unprofessional conduct brought by the state against Linda K. Chase, the suspended principal of Cherokee Elementary School, had not been proved.

After students in her school posted unusually high scores on standardized state tests, the district charged Ms. Chase with encouraging teachers to cheat in the administering and scoring of the tests. (See Education Week, Jan. 17, 1992.)

In a statement, Ms. Chase said she hoped to be reinstated at the school. Raymond Hendee, the interim superintendent, said that while the former principal will remain an employed, tenured teacher this fall, the Cherokee position had been filled and that there was "no way'' the district would consider hiring Ms. Chase for any administrative position.

Vol. 11, Issue 40, Page 3

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