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Search for superintendent turns controversial in New London

After a six-month nationwide search, the New London Board of Education in June unanimously appointed Terrence P. Carter, an administrator at a Chicago-based education nonprofit, as the city's next superintendent of schools.

After the community feted Carter at Ocean Beach Park, and just days before the board was to ratify his contract, revelations of academic misrepresentation and financial troubles in Carter's past came to light. Rather than sign a contract with Carter, the board chose to launch an investigation of the allegations.

Later, The Day reported that large sections of Carter's job application and cover letter contained material apparently copied from other sources without attribution.

After the board's investigation confirmed the media reports and concluded Carter had plagiarized sections of his job application, the board rescinded its job offer. In November, Carter filed a lawsuit against the board and its president alleging breach of agreement.

The Board of Education unanimously appointed Manuel J. Rivera as superintendent, starting in 2015, after Richard Foye served on an interim basis. - Colin A. Young


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