Charter school closes Thursday after cheating investigation

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By: Marisela Burgos

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 11, 2014)-- Flanner House Elementary School closed Thursday after a huge cheating scandal investigation.

Nearly three weeks ago, an investigation revealed teachers changed ISTEP answers, coached students about test questions, as well as security measures that were supposed to be followed were not.

"When you see something that was so widespread that wasn’t just contained to one grade level –levels across the school- the mayor believes it’s important to hold schools accountable," Director of Charter Schools Brandon Brown said.

Brown said 98 percent of the students, who attended Flanner House Elementary School, were transferred by now to 30 other schools. Students were placed at IPS, charter, and township schools. Brown said it was a smooth transition.

"It's been really important to our office that we're working individually with each family to meet their needs," Brown said.

Brown does not believe what happened at Flanner House Elementary School is happening at another school.

“This was an isolated incident. This was something that happened at this school and we have nothing to lead us to believe that really any other charter school is affected by this," Brown said.

A parent told FOX59, the school hosted a goodbye gathering at 6 p.m. today. The purpose was for the students, teachers, and parents to say their final goodbyes.

Brown said this case was turned over to the Marion County Prosecutor's office. They are investigating.

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