Twitter Alive With Talk of Accusations Against New Washburn Principal

Patrick Exner is being accused of fudging the results on state standardized tests last year.

Patrick Exner was named as Washburn's principal on Thursday night. (Photo: Ubah Medical Academy)
Patrick Exner was named as Washburn's principal on Thursday night. (Photo: Ubah Medical Academy)
Just days after Minneapolis Public Schools confirmed the hiring of a new Washburn High School principal, that new principal, Patrick Exner, has been put on administrative leave after accusations of him tampering with test results at his previous school.

Exner is being accused of falsifying students' state test scores in his former job as deputy head of Ubah Medical Academy in Hopkins. The accusations are described in a "detailed" letter sent to Minneapolis schools officials and state regulators, according to the Star Tribune.

While Exner is on leave, former interim principal Craig Vana will "temporarily provide support" to Assistant Principals Linda Conley and Nilo Guanzon.

"As with any allegation, we should not necessarily assume that it is true. MPS will do its due diligence to investigate this matter and, until this process concludes, Mr. Exner will be on administrative leave," a statement from the Minneapolis Public Schools read. "It is our intention to resolve this matter as quickly as possible and continue with our focus on providing a strong start to the school year."

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