Tomorrow will be a fateful day for some of the APS employees implicated in the cheating scandal.
I don’t think Thursday’s decision by the Professional Standards Commission will be the end; some educators will take this to court. I think there could be years of litigation ahead.
According to the AJC:
The Professional Standards Commission will hand down the first formal punishments in one of the largest test-cheating cases in U.S. history. About 180 Atlanta Public Schools employees were implicated and test tampering was uncovered at 44 schools.
The commission, which certifies and polices Georgia educators, will decide the fate of about a dozen APS educators Thursday. It is expected to hear cases through January.
The commission can issue a range of punishments, from a warning to a certificate revocation. That punishment is separate from APS’s efforts to fire the teachers or possible criminal charges.
Administrators will be subject to the stiffest punishment, the commission told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Those in charge, from principals to former superintendent Beverly Hall, created a culture that either ignored or should have detected widespread test cheating, the investigation concluded.
“Those in leadership have the ability to influence the behavior of many others,” said Kelly Henson, executive secretary of the commission. “We felt it should be a more severe sanction.”
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.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog