Philadelphia cheating probe nets two more educators

An ongoing state probe of cheating on standardized tests in Philadelphia has led to the arrests of two more ex-principals.

Charges have been filed Thursday against Barbara McCreery, the former principal of Communications Technology High School, and Arthur “Larry” Melton, the longtime leader of Bok Technical High School.

Prosecutors say they created answer keys to change incorrect answers and boost test scores.

State officials began investigating city schools in 2011 after finding unlikely results and suspicious erasures.

Philadelphia officials say more than 130 staffers have since been implicated. Seven have been charged with crimes.

The 61-year-old McCreery, of Melrose Park, and the 70-year-old Melton, of Cherry Hill, N.J., each face records tampering and forgery charges.

Both have been taken into custody Thursday. It’s not immediately clear if they have lawyers.

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