Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
2 principals surrender credentials in probe Day care closed over abuse reports
PHILADELPHIA -- Two Philadelphia school principals have surrendered their administrative certifications after being caught up in a widespread cheating probe.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education posted notice of the actions on its website Tuesday.
State officials had been investigating allegations that Barbara McCreery erased and changed student answers on standardized tests known as the PSSAs. She was most recently the principal of Bok High School. Officials had been looking into similar allegations against Lola Marie O'Rourke, former principal of Locke Elementary School.
The statewide probe of test results from 2009-11 so far has found that 15 districts or charter schools tampered with the exams.
HAMLIN -- The Department of Public Welfare has shut down a northeastern Pennsylvania day care after reports that a child was duct-taped and otherwise mistreated.
Welfare officials told WNEP-TV that owner Doreen Tomasetti is appealing the shutdown of Just 4 Kids Day Care and Learning Center in Hamlin.
Welfare officials said two workers held a child upside-down by his ankles to stop him from biting staff and made the boy walk around in underwear to punish him for soiling his pants. Officials said the boy's hands and feet were duct-taped to keep him still.
From our wire services