I understand that investigators for the Fulton County District Attorney’s office have been interviewing Atlanta educators this month for possible criminal prosecutions in the CRCT cheating scandal.
I was told that the investigators are telling witnesses that prosecutions are possible, regardless of whether educators still work for APS. The investigators are asking for detailed accounts of what happened during the 2009 CRCT, including actions of principals and assistant principals.
Those reports make sense now in view of the AJC story today that Howard has asked the PSC, the state agency that licenses teachers, to suspend hearings for educators accused in the scandal. Howard contends that the PSC hearings could impede his criminal investigation.
Earlier this month, the PSC voted to revoke the teaching certificates of three administrators and to impose two-year suspensions on eight teachers. Some of the educators were from Parks Middle School, cited by state investigators as an egregious example of the test-cheating culture in Atlanta Public Schools.
Hearings for other educators had been planned for November and December, but are now canceled at Howard’s request, said Rick Eiserman, PSC spokesman.
“Unless there is an unanticipated delay, the staff of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission will resume submitting APS CRCT cases to the Commission at our January, 2012 meeting,” he said.
“We anticipate being able to conclude this work by April or May, 2012.”
“While our preference would be to continue our work without interruption, this is a reasonable request, and we will support it,” Eiserman said Monday morning.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog