No pay for four educators suspended in cheating scandal

Posted: May 18, 2014

Four Philadelphia educators who were arrested and charged in connection with a cheating scandal have been suspended without pay, a School District spokeswoman said Friday.

Evelyn Cortez, Rita Wyszynski, Jennifer Hughes, and Ary Sloane face criminal charges of conspiracy, tampering with public records, forgery, and related crimes.

Cortez was principal of Cayuga Elementary, and Wyszynski and Hughes were teachers there. Sloane, a former Cayuga teacher, had most recently been principal of Bethune Elementary in the district.

Along with Lorraine Vicente, who was laid off from in 2011, they allegedly fostered a culture of test-cheating at the Hunting Park school.

Spokeswoman Raven Hill confirmed their suspensions without pay pending the outcome of a disciplinary case against them.

The district's case against the four is moving swiftly, said Robert McGrogan, head of the principals' union, which represents Cortez and Sloane. They had been called to a disciplinary conference just Tuesday.

"The charges are substantial," McGrogan said.

All could be fired. If convicted, they would lose their pensions.

McGrogan said that if his union's members are exonerated in court, the union will challenge any district disciplinary actions.


kgraham@phillynews.com215-854-5146 @newskag www.inquirer.com/schoolfiles

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