OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Boston, MA., January 09, 2015 - Former Charter School Principal Sentenced in Connection with MCAS Cheating Scheme Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS U.S. Attorneys » District of Massachussetts » News Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachussetts Former Charter School Principal Sentenced in Connection with MCAS Cheating Scheme Friday, January 09, 2015 BOSTON – A former Springfield charter school principal was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Springfield for a federal felony in connection with assisting students to cheat on the MCAS. Janet Henry, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to one year of probation and a $500 fine. In October 2014, Henry pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with mail fraud. According to the Information, in 2009 Henry became Principal of the Robert M. Hughes Academy Charter School in Springfield. In March and April 2009, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests were administered to the student body during which time Henry instructed teachers to give clues and other tips to students. For example, if teachers saw students entering nonsense answers, then they were to tell students to review their answers again. During preparation meetings, Henry stated to teachers that “this is where we earn our money,” and warned that the school could close or everyone would lose their jobs, if the test scores were not satisfactory. On April 16, 2009, upon the completion of the MCAS examinations, Henry falsely certified that the tests had been administered honestly. United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Brian M. Hickey, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Region; and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Regan of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office. USAO - District of Massachussetts Top Printable view Last Modified: 01/13/2015 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Charter School Principal Sentenced in Connection with MCAS Cheating Scheme. Boston, MA., January 09, 2015
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2015-01-09.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.