City teacher surrenders license in cheating probe

Posted: July 04, 2014

A city teacher has surrendered his teaching license in connection with a test-cheating probe.

Radovan Bratic, formerly a math teacher at the Military Academy at Elverson, gave up his credentials, state officials reported this week.

Bratic, 52, surrendered his license over allegations that he "violated the integrity and security of the PSSA by engaging in multiple PSSA testing administration violations over the course of multiple years," according to the state Department of Education.

In February, Bratic was terminated from his position as a teacher at Swenson High School, a Philadelphia School District spokesman said Wednesday.

Elverson, which merged with another city military school last fall, is one of 53 district schools under investigation for possible cheating. Its test scores climbed dramatically between 2008 and 2011, then fell precipitously in 2012, when strict test-security measures were put in place.

In 2011, Elverson juniors scored 71 points higher on the state math exam than they did in 2012.

Robert L. Manning, Elverson's former principal, surrendered his administrative credentials earlier this year. The state Education Department has also disciplined several other city district and charter school educators.

In the spring, 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. More charges are expected.

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