New York Appellate Court Fails Test: Horrible Decision Allow Teacher Ericka Bolt to Get Job Back After She Was Fired for Helping Students Cheat on State Exams

by Samuel Gonzalez | December 7, 2016 8:38 pm

Once again we have teaching moment on how Liberal attitudes lead to the most horrible conclusions. A teacher was rightly fired from her job for helping students cheat on an exam. However, the court somehow came to a decision that said the firing was excessive punishment and that said teacher deserves her job back.


So the court is sending a message to teachers that it’s okay to help students cheat because at worst you’ll be suspended or receive a lesser punishment because termination is taken off the table. This is absolutely insane. How can we trust test scores on state exams ever again if we have this wink, wink atmosphere that tacitly permits this type of behavior? What message are we sending to students that integrity doesn’t really mean anything? On so many levels this decision is horrendous and these judges should be ashamed to show their faces in public! Disgraceful!

New York Post[1] reports go ahead and cheat.

That’s the apparent lesson sent by an appellate court ruling Tuesday that reinstated a public elementary school teacher who was fired for correcting wrong answers on several students’ state English exams.

In a split ruling, four of five judges found that while PS 199x teacher Ericka Bolt tampered with her Bronx fifth-graders’ tests, the penalty of termination “shocks our sense of fairness.”

The panel found that Bolt, 40, committed a mere “lapse in judgment” when she doctored the exams in 2011 because her prior record was unblemished.

Bolt is “very excited about getting back to work,” said her attorney, Richard J. Washington. His client insists she never did anything wrong.

But three students testified that she gave unsolicited help while they were filling out statewide proficiency exams in the spring of 2011.

One student said Bolt told him, “It’s wrong, fix it,” then stood over his desk until he selected the right answer, according to an arbitration ruling.

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