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Licensure Hearing for Clarksdale Teacher Continued Until Nov. 16

October 19, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. – Heidelberg Elementary School teacher Tetra Winters’ hearing before the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development has been continued until 9 a.m. Nov. 16.

The hearing will be held at the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the Mississippi State Capitol Building, 400 High St. in Jackson.

The Mississippi Department of Education requested a continuance to accommodate the schedules of expert witnesses.

The MDE is seeking to revoke the license of Winters. The MDE issued an administrative complaint against Winters on Sept. 9.

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