Ex-Chappaqua Superintendent Punished For Plagiarizing Gov. Deval Patrick

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Former Chappaqua Superintendent David Fleishman was fined by his current employer for plagiarizing comments during graduation speeches.
Former Chappaqua Superintendent David Fleishman was fined by his current employer for plagiarizing comments during graduation speeches. Photo Credit: Courtesy NewtonTAB
The comments by Fleishman that were not attributed were made by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (above).
The comments by Fleishman that were not attributed were made by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (above). Photo Credit: mass.gov

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The former superintendent of the Chappaqua Central School District was fined one week's pay from his current job as superintendent of Newton Schools in Massachusetts for plagiarizing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in recent graduation speeches, according to The Boston Globe. 

Questions about David Fleishman's speech began to arise on Wednesday, July 23 after five sentences he delivered closely resembled a commencement speech Patrick gave at Boston University, the Globe said.

Fleishman spent five years as the superintendent in Chappaqua before stepping down to take the position in Newtown. He had been an assistant superintendent for human resources in Ossining.

The NewtonTAB cited two examples uncovered by a pair of recent Newton South High School grads who worked at the school paper you can read here.

Fleishman declined to call his mistake outright plagiarism, but admitted he should have attributed comments to Patrick, according to the NewtonTAB. His loss of a week's pay is approximately $5,000, reported the NewtonTAB.

Click here to read the full Boston Globe article. 

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