- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A hearing to suspend or revoke a Clarksdale elementary school principal’s teaching license is unlikely to conclude until August.

Mississippi’s teacher licensure commission recessed Thursday after four days of testimony examining whether Heidelberg Elementary School Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones helped orchestrate cheating on standardized tests.

Jean Cook, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Education, says the commission made it through only five of more than 20 planned witnesses.

Tyler-Jones was named Heidelberg’s principal in 2012. Test scores rose sharply, and those increases were flagged as statistically unlikely. A local inquiry reported no wrongdoing, though.

The state didn’t begin its own investigation until The Clarion-Ledger reported in May 2014 that test results were falsified.

The commission earlier suspended the licenses of two teachers. Clarksdale Superintendent Dennis Dupree hasn’t been charged.


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