The Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which certified and polices educators, has voted to take action against 67 Atlanta educators implicated in the cheating scandal first uncovered by the AJC in 2008, a scandal that topped the regime of former school chief Beverly Hall and led to a statewide examination of testing integrity by the governor.
The commission handed down two-year suspensions for 47 teachers. One teacher was given a one-year suspension, and 19 educators in leadership positions, such as principals and testing coordinators, were recommended for revocation.
The action signals significant progress in the cheating case. Before today, the commission had taken action against 16 Atlanta educators accused of cheating. The educators could still face termination from Atlanta Public Schools and criminal charges.
Details were not released about the educators, including their names or where they worked. The commission does not identify educators accused of misconduct until the case is closed, a process that could take years because of legal hang-ups and court appeals.
The punishments handed out by the PSC can range from a warning to revocation of their certification. A revocation will make it difficult for an educator to work in another public school in Georgia or another state, as the sanction would appear in a national database. But educators can appeal sanctions through a multi-step legal process, which can take years to resolve.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog