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State Superintendent of Education Pick Worked for Cheating School District

JACKSON, Miss. — The woman that could be your next State Superintendent of Education was recently working as chief academic officer for a school district that was involved in a testing scandal.

An investigation of the District of Columbia Public Schools found that teachers were changing students’ wrong answers on standardized test to give them higher scores, according to USA Today.  The allegations of cheating dated back to 2008 and Cary Wright started working for the district in August of 2009.  She was not connected to or implicated in the scandal.

The Mississippi Department of Education didn’t know about this when they interviewed her and voted to offer her the job this week.  The consulting firm that advised the board, Ray and Associates knew, but didn’t tell because they say their investigation showed Wright had nothing to do with it.

State Senators still have to confirm the board’s selection of Wright.

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