School Employees Exonerated After Cheating Scandal

Six of the 17 placed on leave will return to work this week

Six teachers will return to the classroom after a cheating scandal at Hopeville Elementary in Waterbury.

The Chief Operating Officer said Monday that six of the 17 staff members placed on administrative leave will return to work this week, reports the Republican-American.

A state investigation found that students were improperly coached to change their wrong answers on last spring's Connecticut Mastery Test.

It said Principal Maria Moulthrop and reading teacher Margaret Perugini were behind the widespread test tampering.

The district started termination proceedings against both last week.

School officials have now exonerated six of the other staff members who were placed on leave.

"We don't believe anything in the (state) report or anything else we uncovered has them culpable for anything we've been looking at," Schools Chief Operating Officer Paul Guidone told the Rep-Am.

School officials are still looking at how to proceed with the remaining employees on leave and hope to have a decision by the end of next week.

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