JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The state and a Clarksdale teacher accused of helping students cheat on state tests could settle the case, ending a hearing.
Mississippi Department of Education officials seek to suspend or revoke the teaching license of Frances Smith-Kemp, who was a fifth-grade teacher at Clarksdale’s Heidelberg Elementary School in 2012-2013.
The state and Smith-Kemp’s lawyer agreed Monday to recess a hearing until Tuesday to discuss a settlement.
State testing director Walt Drane testified Monday that Smith-Kemp corrected students’ wrong answers during tests. He says a volunteer proctor, students, and Heidelberg’s other fifth-grade teacher told similar stories to investigators.
Drane testifies that the second teacher, Jennifer Lutts, conferred by text and phone with Smith-Kemp during tests to decide correct answers. Lutts hasn’t been charged so far and is cooperating.
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