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Petition Calls for Local Superintendent's Resignation Amid Plagiarism Charges

Hodges' commencement address last month had many similarities to one delivered by U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven in May.

Mansfield schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges. Credit: Mansfield schools
Mansfield schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges. Credit: Mansfield schools
Mansfield schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges still has her job after the School Committee met Tuesday to discuss plagiarism allegations.

Hodges' commencement address last month had many similarities to one delivered by U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven during his commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin in May.

Parts of Hodges' speech appear to be taken word-for-word from McRaven's address.

Hodges has denied any plagiarism.

On Tuesday, the School Committee met in a nonpublic session to discuss the issue. The committee did not take any action, WHDH/7News reported.

The committee could discuss the issue further at a meeting Tuesday, according to the Sun Chronicle.

Meanwhile, an online petition demanding Hodges' resignation had gathered about 300 signatures as of Wednesday.

"The status of education in the Mansfield Public School System is on the line," the petition reads. "If we want to set a good example for our students and surrounding areas of what Mansfield education is all about, we need a leader who will make the detrimental consequences of plagiarism clear and take no part in it themselves."

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