Newburgh teacher pushes for Dept. of Education to act on forgery at school

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A teacher-turned-whistleblower is pushing for the state Department of Education to take action after the office allegedly turned a blind eye to his repeated attempts to notify them of forgery at Newburgh Free Academy.

Richard Desderio wants justice for students.

Desderio released the grand jury report that found school staff systematically forged student athlete attendance records and test scores, recommending the state oversee the district.

An auditor was assigned in May, but the sudden resignation of Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has Desderio concerned problems in Newburgh will slip through the cracks.

News 12's requests to interview Superintendent Robert Padilla about the accusations have repeatedly been declined or ignored.

The findings of the state Department of Education audit in Newburgh have not been released, and officials say they don't know when the results will be announced.

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