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SOL troubles in Roanoke

The Roanoke Times is reporting today that a principal in the southwestern Virginia city was fired last night over an SOL "test scandal."

The principal of a Roanoke school is out of a job following a state investigation that found testing irregularities, according to a summary of the Times report distributed by the Associated Press.

The Roanoke School Board voted 5-2 on Tuesday to fire William Fleming High School Principal Susan Willis.

In June, the Virginia Department of Education released a report implicating Willis in testing irregularities.

The report said the school’s administrators inappropriately kept 31 students out of state tests over the past two years. School officials later said the irregularities were more widespread and affected hundreds of students.

Willis said in statement that testimony during a grievance hearing exonerated her. She said she will consider whether to appeal her dismissal to Roanoke Circuit Court.

To read the full story in today’s Roanoke Times, click here.