The AJC learned today that Atlanta Public Schools is reinstating 12 teachers, who were “cleared” on charges they cheated on state exams.
The language in the APS letters to the teachers is not a resounding proclamation of their innocence — “APS has now concluded that investigation and has determined that there is insufficient evidence to establish that you engaged in, or failed to report, any wrong-doing.”
But the teachers are being offered jobs for next year.
The educators, whose names have not yet been released, were put on paid leave in July after being named in a 400-plus page cheating investigation. Since reviewing the cases, the district concluded there was not enough evidence to prove the educators cheated or knew about cheating.
“APS has now concluded that investigation and has determined that there is insufficient evidence to establish that you engaged in, or failed to report, any wrong-doing with respect to the administration of standardized tests,” said a letter to the educators. “Therefore, you will be offered an employment contract for the 2012-2013 school year.”
In July, a state cheating investigation found evidence of cheating at 44 schools and accused some 180 educators of cheating, knowing about cheating or failing in to properly give secure standardized tests. In the year since, the district has been working to review the cases and get guilty educators off the payroll. APS Superintendent Erroll Davis said this spring he expected some teachers would be cleared.
As of today, about 30 educators remain on the payroll and face termination.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog