Friday, July 28, 2000

Teacher who said pupils cheated surprised by retirement letter




The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A spokesman for the Columbus City Schools said no mistake was made when a teacher who said students cheated on the state proficiency tests got a letter congratulating her on her retirement.

        Andrew Marcelain said East gate teacher Barbara McCarroll, 59, is receiving disability benefits. The district's term for her employment status, “disability retirement,” meant her name was put on the list of retirees taken off the payroll.

        “When the school board approves the benefits, they tell us, and she has to come off our payroll as resigned, retired or fired,” Mr. Marcelain said. “She wasn't fired and she didn't resign, so she falls into the retirement category.” But Ms. McCarroll said Wednesday she thinks she's being punished.

        “I feel like I'm being picked out,” Ms. McCarroll said.

        Mr. Marcelain said the district realizes that Ms. McCarroll is not retiring, it just has to account for her being off the payroll, he said.

        Ms. McCarroll told Columbus school officials early this year that fifth-graders at Eastgate Elementary told her that a “tutor” gave them answers to the 1999 statewide proficiency test.

        After a two-week investigation, the state ruled that allegations couldn't be substantiated.

       



Powerball winner owes child support, faces DUI charge
Accident spawned town's helmet law
Where to get a helmet
Ujima celebrates heritage
Suit aims to block law on abortion
Broker stole money from elderly, suit says
Firstar Center sues to stop ballpark construction
Flamingo born at zoo
Gun sale perplexes Northern Kentucky police
Sheriff's official fired in teen-sex case
Dems: Cheney a thing of the past
Pizzeria owner won't face felony charge
GET TO IT
'Live' without Kathie Lee
Parents know graduation changes things
Pig Parade: Porky Play'a
Assistant wants to succeed Holcomb
Butler may build own water plant
Clerk suing Deerfield trustees
Council passes budget, but process 'incomplete'
Covington school panel unveils goals
Deerfield clerk takes trustee fight to court
Girl, 10, shot; 3 arrested
Harry, Narnia, magic and faith
Job comes with a view
Low-income grads cross job bridge
Ludlow presses mayor
Martin Marietta can add to arguments
Newport water rate may go higher
Seat belt fines pay for emergencies
Sex abuse trial begins on Monday
Suspect sought in fatal shooting
- Teacher who said pupils cheated surprised by retirement letter
Two stick to stories of molestations
Who should be cast away?