High school principal retires over FCAT scandal

2:01 PM, Jul 1, 2006   |    comments
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Cocoa, FL - Officials say the principal of Cocoa High School and three other administrators prevented dozens of special-diploma students from taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test to eliminate their low scores from the school's grade.

School officials say Principal Lori Backus retired under threat of being fired and three assistant principals were disciplined and reassigned. The school's final grade remains in dispute and is listed as incomplete.

In the past, Cocoa High has been one of the lower-performing schools in Brevard County. The district began investigating possible F-CAT violations at Cocoa High in May after a parent complained that her child had been promoted without earning the required credits.

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