Here is the response from the Organization of DeKalb Educators to the removal of 24 DeKalb educators from classrooms and schools yesterday by the system because they were implicated in the CRCT cheating.
This note to members was signed by the ODE president, David Schutten. He also released this official statement to the media: ODE is in the process of gathering information. While we do not condone cheating, we expect a fair process, and that our members’ rights will be honored. We need to be sure every stone is unturned to bring all facts to light. To our knowledge we haven’t seen any evidence of cheating in the DeKalb County School System. All of this is predicated on the possibility there might be testing irregularities as there appears to be no direct evidence of cheating. We are standing up for the rights of students to be in good learning environments and educators to be in good teaching environments. Our ultimate goal is that good teachers are back in their classrooms and good educators back in their schools.
Here is Schutten’s message to ODE members:
As many of you have heard by now, 24 DeKalb educators were removed from the classroom and administrative offices due to allegations of CRCT cheating. Currently, these employees have been temporarily reassigned while the state investigates their certification.
While, neither the Organization of DeKalb Educators nor the Georgia Association of Educators condone cheating of any kind, we do stand committed to protecting the rights of all members.
Currently, there is no direct evidence of cheating. ODE is in the process of gathering information. Rest assured, ODE and GAE will be there to defend, counsel, and assist any member who needs us. We’ll be there.
Remember this: As an ODE member, you never stand alone. Never.
Our ultimate goal is to get good teachers back in the classroom and good educators back to their schools.
I promise to keep you informed of the latest developments as we find out more. If, at any point, you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
We stand by our members and for our members. That’s always been our promise to you. That will always be our promise to you
Here’s what we’re doing to help
For any members affected by this situation, we’re matching them with UniServ Directors skilled in member defense. ODE UniServ Directors are available to go with members to any meetings with the school system’s internal investigators.
We will be there to make sure that our members are treated fairly, equally, and with the respect they deserve as professional educators
While our UDs assist members, the GAE Legal Department is contacting the PSC to see what its next moves will be and how those moves will affect our members.
–From Maureen Downey