Teacher certification fraud charged

Aspiring teachers paid a Memphis school official to find substitutes to take a teacher certification exam, prosecutors charge. Clarence Mumford, 58, is accused of charging $1,500 to $3,000 per test. The scam involved at least 50 teachers and would-be teachers required to pass the PRAXIS in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas from 1995 to 2010, according to the indictment.

Mumford is charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, social security fraud, aggravated identity theft, and fraud in connection with fake ID’s created for the test takers. So far, none of the cheaters has been charged.

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  1. Fire every one of those cheating teachers … this is akin to lying on the resume. Besides, if you can’t pass the PRAXIS, why would you think you’re qualified to walk into a school?

  2. Sean Mays says:

    I wonder which tests he did, didn’t see it mentioned in the article. At least in Math Content Knowledge, these states are at LEAST 1 standard deviation below the median; it’s not as if these are rocket science cut scores. Heck, MI and AR are more than two below.

    • Sean Mays says:

      Oops – MI is Michigan (score 135) MS is Mississippi score 123. Never post when faint from hunger.

  3. “Besides, if you can’t pass the PRAXIS, why would you think you’re qualified to walk into a school?”
    Qualifications? We doan need no stinkin’ qualifications.
    Mumford, the organizer, was a system administrator. That’s how seriously he takes the job.

  4. Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

    Of course the teacher’s aren’t being charged.

    They didn’t do anything wrong.

    Mumford’s the one who committed the great sin: he got caught and exposed the perfidy and uselessness of teacher certification programs.

  5. “involved …would-be teachers”

    Without dishonest demand there would not be a market for test fraud.

    • “Dishonest demand”? I eagerly await the definition of that aggregation.

      Of course there’d be fraud. Where ever there’s something of value to be had there are people who will try to get by means foul.

  6. Memphis?
    Kind of like being surprised about the corruption in the Atlanta City Schools.