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Superintendent Caught Plagiarizing High School Graduation Remarks

Superintendent Caught Plagiarizing High School Graduation Remarks

A superintendent in Boston has been docked a week's worth of pay after he was caught plagiarizing remarks from MA Gov. Deval Patrick in his high school graduation speech. Patrick had given a speech to college students a few weeks earlier.

According to Fox News, the superintendent of the Newton, MA, public school system, David Fleishman, was caught by a student who was present at both speeches. Fleishman will lose $5,000 in pay. He told The Boston Globe he was wrong not to cite Patrick. 

"That was my mistake," he said. 

In the Newton South High School newspaper, Jordan Cohen-Kaplan and Kylie Walters published an opinion article in the school newspaper claiming there were five passages that sounded similar to Gov. Patrick's speech. 

"It is disappointing and disillusioning to imagine that we cannot expect the best from the highest-ranking Newton public schools officials, especially on a widely-attributed day designed to celebrate student achievement and serve as an education capstone," they wrote. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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