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Pacts End Federal Case on Teacher Testing

By The Associated Press — August 26, 2014 1 min read
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Prosecutors say four people caught in a teacher-certification-test fraud scheme have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The U.S. attorney’s office in West Tennessee said last week that the four are among 40 teachers who have received diversion agreements for their participation in the test fraud scheme led by Clarence Mumford.

Mr. Mumford, a longtime educator, pleaded guilty in February 2013 to arranging for people to take—and pass—Praxis certification tests on behalf of aspiring teachers in the three states. Prosecutors said the scam affected thousands of public school students who ended up being taught by instructors who never qualified for their positions.

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A version of this article appeared in the August 27, 2014 edition of Education Week as Pacts End Federal Case on Teacher Testing

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