I thought we were getting somewhere when the state investigation into cheating at Atlanta Public Schools revealed that more than 80 teachers and principals had admitted to cheating. But apparently not. From the AJC:
With only today left in a three-day grace period for APS employees named in the probe to walk away or otherwise face termination, only four of them had taken the district up on its encouragement for them to quit their jobs — two on Tuesday and two on Monday. The district declined to release their names; a spokesman said it had not compiled a list.
APS, it appears, is on the verge of a long and costly journey to fire nearly 200 employees, as a mass of resignations appeared Tuesday to be a waning prospect. …
[APS Superintendent Errol] Davis has already estimated that it will take at least four months to get through the process of firing them. It could take longer given the numbers who may stay on to fight. Davis has given no firm estimate for the cost of that fight, but it is likely to total millions of dollars given the legal rights of employees and the simultaneous need to replace them in classrooms. Some also continue to be paid while in limbo.
One would think that those people who admitted cheating, at a minimum, would realize their departure is just a matter of time and save APS some time, money and energy.
But if it’s going to cost millions of dollars to rid the system of its cancer, maybe the school board can send the bill for the first half-million to Beverly Hall — and let her cover it with the bonuses she earned while all these people were cheating.
– By Kyle Wingfield