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St. Paul School District investigation finds teacher's conduct 'negligent, unethical and immoral'

Updated: August 04, 2019 10:22 PM

The St. Paul School District suspended a Como Park Elementary School teacher 10 days, without pay, for what the district called "negligent, unethical and immoral conduct."

The school district launched an investigation into allegations of falsified school records at Como Park Elementary, after 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported some school records appeared to be altered and back-dated last in May.

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The mother of a Como Park student shared her child's records for his individualized education program (IEP) that were seemingly backdated by nearly six months.

KSTP is concealing the mother's identity to protect the child's privacy.   The mother told KSTP the 10-day suspension, without pay, for the teacher accused of changing school records does not, in her opinion, go far enough.

"I know for a fact there were at least two other Como Park staff members connected to the altering of my child's records," said the mother.  "And, I think the St. Paul School District singled out one teacher for discipline hoping it would not jeopardize their federal funding for special education services, and the teacher who was disciplined is not even the person who falsified my son's records."

KSTP asked the St. Paul School District for an interview regarding its completed investigation, but the school district, through a spokesperson, declined to comment.

The mother told KSTP she intends to file a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Education, hoping the state will take a broader look at IEP programs and how they are being accounted for in school records.

"There is more to this than just one staff member," said the mother.  "And, if it happened to my child, what about the other 100 or more special education students at Como Park?  Have they been cheated out of services they should be getting?  We need to find out."

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