Clarksdale teacher charged in cheating investigation

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the first of what it says will be many charges against Clarksdale Municipal School District educators for cheating on the 2012-13 statewide assessments.

At a press conference Thursday in Jackson, state Superintendent Carey Wright announced the agency seeks to revoke the license of former Heidelberg Elementary School teacher Francis Smith-Kemp for “violating state law by knowingly and willfully cheating on state assessments.”

“There are more that are involved,” Wright said. “And this is the first.”

Clarion Ledger