Trenton Fires Official Connected To Philly Cheating Scandal

It’s a rough spring for Lola Marie O’Rourke. In March, the former principal of Locke School in West Philly handed in her teaching credentials rather than face discipline in a burgeoning scandal over cheating on standardized assessment tests in Philly schools. Now, less than two months later, Plan B has appeared to fail as well: The Trenton school board voted Monday to fire O’Rourke from her newer job, as a literacy supervisor in the district’s office of curriculum, instruction and assessment. Cheaters never prosper, but O’Rourke had done OK this year: Her Jersey job paid $121,970 annually.