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Accusations of cheating at two HISD elementary schools

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Angry parents and teachers gathered outside of Jefferson Elementary eager to vent their frustration.

"This is kind of bogus. I think this is a big old lie from HISD. They're saying cause your kids got help from the teachers. That they got really good grades. I don't understand." Said parent Isidro Jacobo.

According to HISD twenty teachers have been reassigned to non-classroom duties. Eleven are from Jefferson. Five who used to teach at Jefferson and four are from Atherton Elementary. By the way Jefferson has only 29 teachers.

The district took the action after independent investigators discovered what it claims were "testing irregularities" which is simply another way of saying they think there was some cheating going on. The test in question was the STAR test.

The district says a thorough investigation is underway and it won't be making an any further comments until it's complete.

Teacher's union president Gayle Fallon and she has plenty to say. She calls the district's accusations appalling and hypocritical.

"I mean you tell the teachers and you tell the community as a school district that regardless of economic status students can learn. but when a poor and predominantly Hispanic and African American school does well you accuse one third of the school of cheating."

The district says none of the reassigned teachers have been found guilty and if exonerated they could possibly return to their classrooms.. Jefferson 4th grader Marc Jacobo sure hopes that's what's going to happen with his teacher.

"I'm just going to miss my teacher because this is not fair."

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