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FCAT Fallout at FAMU School

The importance of proper procedure is made clear, as the FAMU DRS teacher who copied portions of an old FCAT is fired.

Math teacher James Saylor was dismissed Wednesday. FAMU officials say it was the appropriate action, given the violation.

Almost three months after FCAT testing was suspended at FAMU Developmental Research School. The teacher in question was fired. A report from FAMU's Office of Inspector General revealed math teacher James Saylor copied portions of the 2002 FCAT.

Saylor says he made hundreds of copies, not knowing he was doing anything wrong.

Florida Department of Education Spokeswoman, Frances Marine, won't say if FAMU's decision was right or wrong, but strongly supports proper procedure.

FAMU officials say the decision was a FAMU decision, but also realize firing Saylor may have an impact statewide. Saylor had no comment regarding his dismissal.

This change came one day after the university announced the elementary and secondary principals at FAMU DRS will be relieved of their administrative duties. FAMU officials say Saylor and the principals are two, unrelated issues.


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