Attorneys discussed a settlement offer with Hall and other area superintendents in late September, Hall said. APS spokesman Keith Bromery said the district had conversations with the four regarding a settlement, but he offered no further details. He said Hall’s case was under review.
Hall made an offer and the district declined it in late October, she said. Hall filed a modified settlement in mid November and decided to retire, effective at the end of December. She said she’s been frustrated by the slow process.
“I have been placed in a situation beyond my control when I was put on leave,” she said. “We have not had a chance to have a hearing where we can state our case. Even though we have earned due process, we have not had a chance to have our day in court.”
Educators have job protection rights, which entitle them to a series of hearings and appeals before they can be fired. APS continues to pay the salaries of about 130 educators named in the cheating investigation who have not been terminated.
Atlanta Public Schools has a longstanding relationship with the Council of the Great City Schools, Robin Hall’s new employer. Former Superintendent Beverly Hall was named chair-elect of the organization’s board of directors in 2010. This year, the organization hosted Davis and board members at a conference to discuss the cheating scandal.
Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, said his organization knew that Robin Hall was in the process of severing ties with the district. The group first hired her as a consultant, aware of her status in the district and her link to the investigation.
“We’ve known Robin Hall for a long time, and we’re confident in her and her skills,” Casserly said. “We did the due diligence necessary to give us the confidence to bring her on.”