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Indiana teacher accused of cheating on ISTEP sues district

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A former teacher accused of cheating on Indiana's standardized student achievement test has sued the school district she says forced her out of her job and ruined her reputation.

The Journal Gazette reported Tuesday that Laura Farner filed the suit against Southwest Allen County Schools, the school board and the district superintendent. The suit filed Friday in Allen County court seeks a hearing before the school board for Farner to clear her name.

Court documents say the district stated a Summit Middle School teacher violated protocol on the state's annual ISTEP test in March 2011, causing test scores for 120 seventh-graders to be invalidated.

Farner denies cheating. The school district wasn't open Tuesday when The Associated Press called seeking comment, but declined comment to the newspaper.

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