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New Mexico jazz teacher fired for making fake awards

June 3, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico School for the Arts teacher has been fired for falsifying awards for a student.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the school confirmed Monday that jazz instructor Orlando Madrid was fired effective immediately.

School spokesman Sean Johnson said he could not speak further because it is a personnel matter.

The Albuquerque Journal reported last month that Madrid made up first-place certificates for a student who performed at the New York City Jazz Festival in April.

Despite the festival being non-competitive, Madrid told the newspaper he made the certificates based on judges’ input. He though the awards would help with fundraising.

Johnson says Madrid taught jazz for the past year.

Madrid did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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