Former Employee To Sue Wilson Charter School For Wrongful Termination
Posted June 13, 2005 6:25 a.m. EDT
WILSON, N.C. — A school employee that said he was fired after alerting state officials to possibly doctored test scores at a Wilson charter school is suing the school for wrongful termination.
Anthony Corbett alerted the state to possible end-of-grade test fixing at Sallie B. Howard Charter School during the 2004 school year. The attorney for the State Board of Education said Laura Edwards, who has since resigned from her position as test coordinator, admitted she changed as many as 20 tests to boost special education scores. She could face criminal charges.
The school's director, Dr. Joanne Woodward, testified at an unemployment hearing that Corbett misidentified two teachers in his tip to the state, making him unfit to keep his job. Despite the school's efforts to block his unemployment benefits, the Employment Security Commission ruled in Corbett's favor.