Many of you have expressed frustration with the $600,00 being paid monthly to APS educators implicated in the cheating scandal. A state investigation found cheating on the CRCT occurred at 44 Atlanta schools and involved about 180 educators. The investigation came after multiple articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution raised questions about the validity of APS test score improvements.
Since July, Atlanta Public Schools has spent $6.2 million to pay the salaries of educators placed on administrative leave. The district can’t fire them because of state employment laws and a lack of access to critical evidence. That may be ending soon. Atlanta Public Schools is meeting today and Friday with educators to tell them they have to resign or be fired.
The AJC’s Jaime Sarrio spoke with attorney Mel Goldstein, who represents 20 to 35 educators. The attorney said teachers attending meetings today have until the end of Friday to decide whether to quit.
If they decline, they will receive a “charge letter” from the school district, which lays out the reason the teacher is being fired. The teacher will then be able to request a hearing to dispute the charges.
Goldstein, interviewed outside APS headquarters, said several of his clients have indicated they intend to fight the charges. Many dispute statements in the 400-plus page state cheating investigation, released in July.
About 180 educators were implicated in the state investigation; so far about 60 have resigned or retired. The rest are on administrative leave and are still being paid.Earlier this week, the district sent an e-mail summoning them to a “mandatory meeting” at district headquarters to discuss “employment status” with APS representatives.
Not attending the meeting could be deemed an act of insubordination and could result in termination, the letter said.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog