Two ex-educators in Phila. forced to surrender credentials

The School District of Philadelphia District Headquarters building at 440 North Broad Street. (File photo)
The School District of Philadelphia District Headquarters building at 440 North Broad Street. (File photo)
Posted: June 06, 2014

The state Department of Education has forced a former principal at Philadelphia Military Academy and a one-time teacher at John Welsh Elementary to surrender their professional credentials in connection with a test-cheating scandal involving the School District of Philadelphia.

The credentials were surrendered last month, and the disciplinary actions were posted Tuesday on the department's website.

The department alleges that as principal at the military school, Robert L. Manning violated the integrity and security of the state's standardized tests by failing "to investigate and report allegations of testing improprieties . . .," and attempted to hinder a subsequent investigation.

The department said Michael A. Reardon, who taught at Welsh, allegedly engaged in multiple PSSA testing administration violations.

Reardon declined to comment Wednesday night. Manning could not be reached.

Additional information - including when the alleged improprieties took place - was not available Wednesday night.

A district spokesman said neither man was listed on the district payroll.

In the last year, the Education Department has disciplined several other city educators at district and charter schools.

The state began its probe into PSSA irregularities in 2011 after The Inquirer reported allegations that cheating was responsible for gains in 2009 at Roosevelt Middle School in East Germantown. A state-commissioned analysis of the 2009 PSSA also surfaced that identified suspicious patterns of erasures at schools across the state.

Last month, state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane charged five educators from Cayuga Elementary School in Hunting Park with tampering with public records, forgery, conspiracy, and other offenses - the first criminal charges in the cheating scandal.


martha.woodall@phillynews.com

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