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Clarksdale Teacher Granted Continuance for Licensure Hearing

September 28, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. – Heidelberg Elementary School teacher Tetra Winters, who has been charged with violating state law by cheating on state assessments, has been granted a continuance for her hearing before the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development.

 The hearing is now set for Oct. 20, at 9 a.m., at the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the Mississippi State Capitol Building, 400 High St. in Jackson.

 The Mississippi Department of Education is seeking to revoke the license of Winters. The MDE issued an administrative complaint against Winters on Sept. 9. Her original hearing date was scheduled for Sept. 29.

The complaint issued against Winters is the second complaint filed as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of testing irregularities at Heidelberg Elementary School in the Clarksdale Municipal School District.

The complaint outlines two counts of acts, which if proven, constitute violations of state law pertaining to mandatory state testing. Specifically, the counts are:

  • Count 1: The Respondent coached examinees during testing or altered or interfered with examinees’ responses during the administration of the 2013 Mississippi Curriculum Test Second Edition (MCT2) in violation of § 37-16-4(1)(c) of the Mississippi Code of 1972.
  •  Count 2: The Respondent participated in, directed, aided, counseled, assisted in, encouraged or failed to report any acts in violation of § 37-16-4(1)(f) of the Mississippi Code of 1972, during the administration of the 2013  Mississippi Curriculum Test Second Edition (MCT2).

Those actions are grounds for revocation or suspension of Winters’ teaching license.

Media Contact: 
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Communications Specialist