Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal Update

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the educators implicated in a standardized testing cheating scandal will learn the outcome of their cases today. The educators have been asked to attend a meeting today which is expected to determine whether they will brought up on criminal charges, fired, have their teaching certificates revoked, or cleared of all charges.

Michael McGonigle, legal director for the Georgia Association of Educators, believes the educators will most likely be asked to resign their positions or be fired. The APS has continued to pay the salaries of the implicated educators while they remain on administrative leave. The state’s investigation found that cheating was widespread, implicating about 180 educators in 44 schools. Sixteen teachers have already been sanctioned by the Professional Standards Commission, the organization responsible for certifying Georgia teachers. APS Superintendent of Schools Errol Davis has declared that educators currently under investigation will not receive teaching contracts for next year until they have been cleared.

Update: The Rampage has learned that the educators were asked to resign or would be fired. In the first step in the termination process, APS would issue a charge letter, which is a document that explains the reasons for termination. The teachers who choose not to resign may request a hearing.


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