Vindication has finally come to a former Camden principal who was dismissed in retribution after blowing the whistle on rigged test scores. But six years later, the school district that fired him is still mired in mediocrity.
Joseph D. Carruth has not only reached an $860,000 settlement, but an arbitration judge has ordered the district to rehire him by July 1, 2013, even if the Camden school board has to dismiss someone else to create a vacancy.
Carruth said he was fired in 2006 for refusing to alter test scores despite pressure from an assistant superintendent. The cheating scandal was exposed after The Inquirer questioned unusually high test scores in 2005 at two Camden elementary schools and the magnet high school where Carruth was principal.