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Education Department Seeks Public Input To Prevent Cheating In Schools

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

WASHINGTON -- The Education Department wants the public's input to develop guidelines to prevent and detect cheating. The effort comes after several cheating scandals involving teachers.

The department is accepting opinions until Feb. 16. It says it will use them to create recommendations to be distributed to states, local school districts and testing organizations.

In December, state investigators in Georgia said dozens of educators in 11 schools in Georgia's Dougherty County either cheated or failed to prevent cheating on 2009 standardized tests. Earlier, they accused nearly 180 educators in almost half of Atlanta's 100 schools of cheating, dating back a decade.

Some experts say pressure to perform on tests created an environment that contributed to the cheating.

Such cheating has also been reported in Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

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