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HISD Teachers Accused of Cheating Speak Out

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Five months ago the Houston Independent School District targeted six teachers at Atherton Elementary in a STARR test cheating probe.

The investigation is now complete and HISD administrators want exactly half of those under scrutiny fired .

"Those three names will be presented to the board as a recommended termination," said HISD spokesperson Sheleah Reed.

The three teachers - Veronica Davis, Jennifer Sterling and Reuel Sosa agreed to talk to Fox 26.

Each said they were offered an opportunity to resign, but chose instead to fight.

All insist they are absolutely innocent of cheating and passed lie detector tests to prove it.

"We are models for those kids and if we cheat and we do things that are dishonest and they look up to us they will take that same path. I became a teacher so they would be productive citizens and that's not becoming a productive citizen if you are out there lying cheating and doing everything else," said Veronica Davis an award winning science teacher.

"It's not the ethical thing to do when you are being a model to students. We are growing, we are training the students to be the leaders that we will rely on in the future and introducing them to a culture of cheating and inappropriate behavior this early in life, I would not want the future of America to be tarnished because of me, said Sosa who administered the STARR exam to only two students.

"I feel like I haven't done anything wrong and all the time and dedication, the hard work the late nights doing tutorials with the kids, three to four days a week . I think I deserve more than you just resign and sweep it underneath the rug," said Sterling.

The teachers believe the investigation is an effort by HISD superintendent Terry Grier to discredit longtime Atherton principal Dr. Albert Lemons.

The HISD board was scheduled to vote on the terminations at its Thursday meeting.

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