However, state officials said the commission's approach in Atlanta conflicted with instructions from the state, including use of a different standard to assess test data. Additionally, the state received evidence of interviews for only 32 of the 58 schools identified. Some employees gave non-responsive answers to questions at half of the dozen schools the district found most suspicious.
Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall had already begun to refer 108 of those employees to the professional standards commission when Perdue announced the state investigation last week. He said then the city's incomplete report meant only eight Atlanta employees faced legitimate complaints, including specific allegations of wrongdoing, that could be pursued by the state commission.
Walker said Thursday that Atlanta had completed another nine complaints involving employees identified in the local investigation, for a total of 17. The commission in September is expected to accept recommendations to investigate those 17 cases but then immediately extend them, pending the outcome of the state investigation.
Sanctions by the professional standards commission can range from a reprimand to loss of a teaching license. The state's special investigators, former State Attorney General Mike Bowers and former DeKalb County District Attorney Bob Wilson, could additionally refer cases to local authorities or the state attorney general's office for prosecution.