Jane Garland Resigns from Newport-Mesa Schools over "Farce" Expulsions for Cheating

Categories: School Daze

It turns out the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal not only took out 11 students--"took out" as in they were expelled--but a Newport-Mesa Unified School District administrator as well.

Jane Garland, who was in charge of discipline, was not fired, however. The 66-year-old, 13-year employee of NMUSD abruptly resigned over the district's handling of the scandal, which she called "a farce."

11 Corona del Mar High School Students Expelled for Cheating

In an internal email later made public, Garland accused the district of failing to give the expelled students due process, instead just plucking off a dozen names and expelling them to make it appear the school board got tough.

Actually, up to 150 students are believed to have been involved in cheating at CdM High. Garland believes the 11 students who were expelled had been led astray by an adult, Timothy Lance Lai, a private tutor who is still being sought by Newport Beach Police for questioning; he has disappeared. Garland calls Lai "a predator."

The district declined to comment on Garland's accusations on grounds student-discipline issues are private.

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