May 11 | Los Angeles Times

The school district says a decision by a state panel — determining there was test-score cheating but the teacher shouldn't be fired — sends the wrong message.

By Howard Blume

The job of veteran teacher Ricardo Gonzales was on the line before a state review panel.

He's a respected elementary school instructor who tutors students and coaches soccer on his own time.

But the L.A. Unified School District wanted to fire him for allegedly cheating to boost the test scores of his students.

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