Big news in DeKalb where the school system has removed 24 employees from the classroom today as a result of an investigation into CRCT cheating.
The employees were notified that they will be re-assigned to other duties while the state investigates their certification. And the school is giving the results of the cheating investigation to the DA.
All told, the system referred 29 employees to the state Professional Standards Commission including five principals and five assistant principals. The rest were teachers. But five of those employees have already resigned or were fired.
The employees are from nine schools. Anyone out there have any idea which schools were involved?
This afternoon, the district will deliver those findings to the DeKalb district attorney.
“No cheating has been proved and no one has come forward and admitted to cheating,” schools spokesman Jeff Dickerson said. “It’s just to keep the district attorney apprised of actions.”
Dickerson said he does not anticipate criminal charges, but it is up to the district attorney if he wants to investigate.
School officials declined to identify the employees or schools, but said they referred 29 current and former employees to the state Professional Standards Commission because of “concerns that they may have been engaged in inappropriate conduct during the administration of the 2009 CRCT.”
The 29 include five principals and five assistant principals. The rest are teachers. The employees are from nine schools.
Five of those employees have since been terminated or have resigned.
The PSC can revoke or suspend the educators’ teaching certification, which means they can no longer teach in Georgia. Anyone who loses their certification will likely be terminated, Dickerson said.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog