The year-end Regents exams of 71 students at the hyper-competitive Manhattan public school Stuyvesant High are being thrown out due to a cheating investigation, The Wall Street Journal’s Lisa Fleisher is reporting.The students will have to re-take the exams. Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott told the New York Times that 70 students were involved in a cheating ring in which one student allegedly snapped photos of the test and 69 others received messages about it and responded.
One other student was accused of cheating separately. Two of the students face suspensions.
The incident reinforced the need for the citywide ban on phones in schools. The ban, however, seems to be enforced only in schools with metal detectors, about 88 of the 1,200 school buildings in the city.
“That’s why we banned mobile phones,” Walcott said on the radio this morning, according to the WSJ. “People have the ability to use new technology to try to cheat.”
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