On July 1, 2016, the “Daily Herald” reported that the parent of a student in Oak Brook, Illinois would like a judge to overturn sanctions imposed by her son’s school that bans him from competing in academic contests. The school board claimed the mother and her son cheated because they received advanced copies of test questions for the National Geographic Bee (GeoBee) regional tournament.
The mother filed a complaint to be reviewed by administrators, regarding the academic bans placed on Wednesday, June 29. The documents identify her as S. Jain.
She filed on behalf of her fifth-grade son and requested that the Dupage County Court put aside the sanctions previously handed out by the Board of Education. The sanctions banned her son from competing in all academic contests, including the GeoBee and vocabulary competitions.
This is the second complaint to be filed regarding cheating sanctions placed on students attending the Butler Elementary District 53 in Oak Brook. Dr. Rahul Julka, the father of two Dupage County young boys, nine and 11, filed a lawsuit in May, against school board members. The boys were accused of cheating in the GeoBee that took place in January. A six-week investigation determined the two boys already had the contest’s questions, which were bought online by their mother.
The investigation started after administrators received complaints of Julka bragging of breaking into the GeoBee online system. Neither Oak Brook family has admitted to any cheating or wrongdoing.
Written by Angela Rightout
Edited by Cathy Milne
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