Posted: 8:44 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013
By Jeffry Scott
By the numbers:
Number of Atlanta Public School educators identified in state investigation into “testing improprieties” during the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test: 178
Number who have resigned, retired, did not have their contracts renewed, or appealed their dismissal before tribunals and lost: 151
Number reinstated after tribunals or because of insufficient evidence of cheating: 17
Number awaiting tribunal appeals: 4
The review process:
Atlanta Public Schools tribunals: The district is holding tribunals for educators accused of cheating who want to appeal their dismissals. Only three have won their appeals. All educators named in the state investigation are facing the suspension or revocation of their teaching licenses by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Georgia Professional Standards Commission: 110 APS educators are appealing the commission’s recommendation that their teaching licenses be revoked or suspended. The commission will not hear any appeals, before a state administrative judge, until it has all the evidence in all the cases, some of which is still being investigated by the Fulton County District Attorney.
Fulton County District Attorney: The Fulton DA is conducting its own investigation of all the accused educators. The DA still has the case files of 40 educators as District Attorney Paul Howard considers criminal charges. The statute of limitations on some of the alleged crimes, including fraud, runs out April 26.