Mississippi Department of Education resets license revocation hearing for Clarksdale teacher


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JACKSON, Mississippi — A Mississippi Department of Education hearing on the revocation of the license of a Clarksdale teacher it accuses of cheating on state tests given to students two years ago is now scheduled for June 16.

The hearing for Francis Smith-Kemp had been scheduled for this past week.

The Clarksdale Press Register reports (http://bit.ly/1H6Xo5V ) the state issued an administrative complaint against SmithKemp on April 23, and at that time, schools superintendent Dennis Dupree said he would not remove her from the classroom before her licensure hearing.

Smith-Kemp is teaching this year at Oakhurst Intermediate School in Clarksdale, but she was teaching at the city's Heidelberg Elementary during the 2012-13 year, when the department says she coached students during tests and altered or interfered with their answers.

Information from: The Clarksdale Press Register.

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