Fayette schools' claim rejected
The Kentucky Department of Education says it hasn't found enough evidence to support allegations that Peggy Petrilli tried to inflate student test scores at Lexington's Booker T. Washington Academy.
Petrilli was the school's principal from 2005 to 2007, when she resigned.Petrilli later sued the Fayette County Public Schools, alleging that she was forced out to appease some Booker T. Washington parents who wanted a black principal. Petrilli is white.
A Fayette Circuit Court jury rejected her claim after a trial last summer.
State Education Secretary Terry Holliday recently sent a letter to Fayette school Superintendent Stu Silberman, saying that he concurs with a state Testing Board of Review finding that "not enough evidence was found to support a violation of the Administrative Code for Kentucky's Educational Assessment Program." The letter did not refer to Petrilli by name...
On Monday, Golden contended that Holliday's letter vindicates Petrilli. "This finding is consistent with Peggy's proof that all her evaluations reflected the highest marks," Golden said. "It is not consistent with any proofs submitted on behalf of the Fayette County schools."
Golden referred to information and testimony presented during last year's trial of Petrilli's lawsuit showing that she got high marks on her job evaluations.
Attorney John McNeill, who represented the school district in the case, declined to comment...
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
State: Student test scores not inflated by Petrilli
This from Jim Warren at the Herald-Leader: