Atlanta Public Schools: Cheating Teachers Face First Punishments

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

About a dozen Atlanta educators implicated in the district's cheating scandal find out Thursday whether Georgia education officials will strip them of their teaching certificates, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Thursday's decisions will mark the first round of punishments being handed to any of the 180 APS employees implicated in one of the largest scandals of cheating on tests among teachers in history. The product of a two-year investigation, a report released this summer named those employees in 44 district schools as involved in test tampering that inflated standardized test scores.

The Professional Standards Commission was charged with hearings and can issue punishments to educators found guilty that range from a warning to a certificate revocation. As a general guideline, teachers face two years suspension and administrators face certificate revocation -- but decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, according to the AJC.

The commission's decisions are independent of interim Superintendent Erroll Davis' efforts to dismiss guilty educators or charge them criminally.

The commission faces months of hearings and decisions in an effort to clean up what the two-year investigation found to be a culture of cheating, fear and intimidation among district schools and educators.

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