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School board members talk about cheating scandal

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago January 10, 2014 Jan 10, 2014 Friday, January 10 2014 January 10, 2014 6:03 AM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - Three East Baton Rouge School Board members talked down the cheating and graduation discrepancy allegations recently made against the district.

"I believe they're false, sir. I believe they are false," board member Veretta Lee said. "I'm not worried about it."

Lee is on the defense after a whistle blower alleged students cheated during online testing and also said an un-named school board member's relative got a fraudulent diploma and a top school leader covered it up.

She believes the whistle blower made the claims to hurt the school system.

"[To] Either bring the school system down or cause problems for children," Lee said.

Others believe the issue is a problem that's being fixed.

"I don't think this is going to happen again. Kids have been cheating for a millennium. We can't prevent it, but what we can do is to make sure that we can take the steps to make sure they don't advance because of it," member Craig Freeman said.

"I really don't have any concerns about it. It's an isolated instance a one time occurrence and I have every certainty that it won't happen again," another member, Connie Bernard, said.


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