Judge allows suspension of Huntsville teacher accused of helping student change answers on test


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –   A judge ruled Friday the suspension of a Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary teacher accused of helping a student change answers on a standardized test will stand.

Eleanor Burks, a longtime fourth-grade teacher at MLK, will be suspended for 15 days. School board leaders alleged Burks assisted a student in changing test responses on a standardized test.

Cathy McNeal, director of assessment and accountability for the school district, testified before the school board earlier this month that Burks stopped a student who was incorrectly answering a question on an ACT Aspire writing test and asked him if he had read the directions.

The student ultimately erased and reworked his answer, according to the school board.

Burks filed paperwork asking a Madison County Circuit Court judge to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent her suspension, but the judge denied that motion today.

Huntsville City Schools responded to the ruling, saying “The Superintendent and Huntsville City Board of Education take strong exception to violations of testing procedures.  Where we find violations, we take measures to discipline the individuals.”


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