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Peekskill High School Social Studies Chair Accused Of Changing Grades

Alison Risoli was accused of changing grades of students on the New York State Regents.
Alison Risoli was accused of changing grades of students on the New York State Regents. Photo Credit: Westchetser County D.A.'s Office

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The chair of the Peekskill High School social studies department has been charged in connection with grade-altering actions discovered earlier this year, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Allison Risoli, 53, of Peekskill was arraigned Monday morning on a felony complaint charging her with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class E Felony.

Between Jan. 24 and 31, Risoli altered the answer sheets for two separate state Regents examinations, according to police.

The answers altered were on the United States History and Government Regents Examination and the Global History and Geography Regents Examination, police said. The chair of the social studies department is responsible for delivering completed Regents examinations to the Peekskill City School District data analyst.

Several days after Risoli delivered the original answer sheets for the Regents exams to the data analyst, and after the data analyst scanned and submitted the examinations, Risoli returned to the data analyst’s office and indicated there was a problem with a few students’ answer sheets, according to police. The defendant reviewed the original answer sheets while in the office and returned the answer sheets to the data analyst, police said.

A subsequent check of the original answer sheets that were previously scanned and submitted, and a check of the answer sheets that Risoli reviewed and handed back to the data analyst, showed that she altered two of the answer sheets, according to police. On both answer sheets, Risoli marked the incorrect answer with an “X” and filled in the correct answer, police said.  The alterations gave each of the students a passing score, according to police.

Risoli was released on her own recognizance and is due in court on June 3. She faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison on each count, the DA said.

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