Marcia Chambers reports:
Denise Farina, the tenured teacher at the center of a rare public termination hearing, used her teacher’s pass code to take confidential information from a student data bank at the Mary T. Murphy Elementary School to give to her paralegal for use in her case — a violation of federal law, the attorneys at the hearing said.
The bombshell disclosure came Friday as Farina’s public hearing continued before a special committee of the Branford Board of Education. She is the one who asked that the hearing be conducted in public.
Although she is on suspension or administrative leave with pay, Farina still had a working pass code that gave her access to Infinite Campus, a school data base. It was not clear why. Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Halligan told the Eagle during a recess at the hearing that Farina’s access would be cut off immediately.
Read more in the New Haven Independent.