ATLANTA (WAOK)-11 educators implicated in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal found out Thursday their fate from the state Professional Standards Commission. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which licenses educators, voted to revoke the certificates of three administrators and impose two-year suspensions on eight teachers. Some of the educators were from Parks Middle, cited by state investigators as an egregious example of the cheating culture in Atlanta Public Schools.the state
These are the first formal punishments in one of the largest test-cheating scandals in U.S. history. The commission is
expected to hear cases through January.
The commission has the authority to issue a range of punishments, from a warning to a certificate revocation. Those punishments are separate from APS’s efforts to fire the teachers or possible criminal charges. Educators are able to appeal the commission’s decisions.
Each case will be considered individually, but the commission has established some punishment guidelines: two years
suspension for teachers and certificate revocation for administrators.
A revocation could severely damage an educator’s public school career, as the sanction would show up in a national database searchable by other states. Around 50 educators named in the report resigned or retired, however there are still about 130 employed by the district and collecting a salary while they await an outcome to the case.
In addition to sanctions by the commission, those named in the report could be fired by APS or charged criminally by a Fulton County grand jury. Names of those disciplined today have not been released.
About 180 Atlanta Public Schools employees were implicated in the scandal after a state investigation revealed cheating in
nearly half of the district’s 100 schools.