Rochester superintendent suspended for plagiarizing letter to staff

The superintendent admitted to plagiarizing the letter.
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Michael Muñoz, the superintendent of Rochester Public Schools, has been suspended five says for admitting to plagiarizing a letter he sent to staff before Thanksgiving. 

The suspension was approved by unanimous vote Tuesday by the Rochester School Board. The suspension will come without pay, perhaps being subtracted from his salary. 

Here's the statement issued by Rochester Public Schools: 

"In adopting the motion, the School Board underscored that plagiarism is serious, unacceptable, and cannot happen again. The School Board recognizes that Superintendent Munoz’s conduct has had an impact on the community, staff members, and the educational system as a whole. At the same time, the School Board recognizes that even effective leaders make mistakes, and that part of being an effective leader is owning your mistakes. The School Board appreciates that Superintendent Munoz has acknowledged and owned his mistake."

It was Sean Baker of the Med City Beat in Rochester who found that Muñoz's letter included plagiarism in nearly every sentence, also finding that different typefaces and font sizes were indications of copying and pasting from up to five different sources.

Baker highlighted every portion of the letter that was plagiarized, which you can see here.

Muñoz apologized in a separate letter, calling it a "bad choice" that he knows has "damaged your respect and trust in me."

"I was taught by my father to own up to your mistake and I am doing that now. It was wrong what I did and trying to explain what led me to do this would just come across as making excuses and I don’t want to do that," he added.

Muñoz has been at Rochester Public Schools since 2011.

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