Charter School Principal Investigated for Allegedly Tampering With FCATs

Principal at Little Havana school suspended as allegations investigated

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    The principal at a Little Havana charter school has been suspended as school officials investigate claims he tampered with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Ramz Academy principal Julio Carrera has been suspended without pay after he allegedly opened sealed FCAT booklets, took notes on questions and gave study guides to teachers, school attorney Carmen Calzon said Tuesday. Ramz Academy is investigating into the matter, and Carrera has been suspended "pending termination," Calzon said. Carrera couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012)

    The principal at a Little Havana charter school has been suspended as school officials investigate claims he tampered with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

    Ramz Academy principal Julio Carrera has been suspended without pay after he allegedly opened sealed FCAT booklets, took notes on questions and gave study guides to teachers, school attorney Carmen Calzon said Tuesday.

    Students in elementary, middle and high school are required to take the FCAT each spring. Students and teachers aren't supposed to see questions beforehand.

    Calzon said the allegation was discovered late Thursday, after a teacher at the school reported that Carrera may have compromised the test, which was scheduled for Monday.

    "It was an attempt to cheat, to compromise the test, and it was caught in time," Calzon said. "The school caught it immediately, it was caught before any tests were done."

    The students didn't take the test but will take it either later this week or next week, Calzon said. She said the students weren't affected.

    Ramz Academy is investigating into the matter, and Carrera has been suspended "pending termination," Calzon said.

    Carrera couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.