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Middleton High School educator involved in segregated testing resigns

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- A Middleton High School educator who has been on paid leave since an October testing incident, that included segregating students by race, has resigned.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District school board was going to consider not renewing the educator's contract at a meeting tonight but the educator instead turned in a letter of resignation before the meeting. That is according to a response to a 27 News email inquiry from Perry Hibner, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Director of Communications.

The resignation takes effect at the end of the school year. The incident occurred back in October. In a previous report, Tony Galli spoke with a mother of a minority student who was a part of the group who was segregated.

According to a district spokesperson, the staff member said they thought that students who were not in school when the the STAR assessment was given would benefit from having other students who looked like them also in attendance.

The district's goal was to make sure every freshman and sophomore takes the test because they believe the information is valuable in determining how to differentiate learning and help those students who might need extra support, according to the spokesperson.

But rather than only asking the students who hadn't taken the test to do so in October, the staff member asked freshmen and sophomore students of color in particular sub-groups to come take the test.

Matthew Cash

Senior Executive Producer

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