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July 20, 2005

Florida teachers caught cheating

From WTVJ, Miami/South Florida:

Representatives from the state attorney's office said they have uncovered a scam that calls the qualifications of several South Florida teachers into question.

According to a major investigation by a Miami-Dade grand jury, some Miami-Dade teachers are paying for a piece of paper to become teachers, instead of getting training.

At this point I'm thinking, “Great, they've finally figured out what a waste those teacher's colleges are.”

On Monday afternoon, a grand jury indicted William McCoggle, 73, a former teacher at Palmetto High School in Pinecrest, on charges of fraud and first-degree grand theft....

In a news conference Monday, state attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle released the grand jury's allegations that McCoggle set up bogus training sessions for the teachers for $775 each. The teachers never came to class, never took any exams, never had assignments and McCoggle pocketed more than half the money, according to the indictment.

But I bet many of them were as much if not more qualified to teach than the ones with the certification.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 20, 2005 07:01 AM

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