First Atlanta CRCT cheating punishments will come Thursday

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

— Several Atlanta educators implicated in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal will soon find out whether the state will yank their teaching certificates.

The state Professional Standards Commission on Thursday is expected to hand down the first formal punishments in the case.

The commission, which certifies and polices educators in Georgia, will decide the fate of about a dozen APS educators Thursday. It's expected to hear cases through January.

The commission can issue a range of punishments, from a warning to a certificate revocation. That punishment is separate from APS's efforts to fire the teachers or possible criminal charges.

About 180 Atlanta Public Schools employees were implicated in the scandal after a state investigation revealed cheating in nearly half of the district's 100 schools.

The Dougherty County School System is the only other system in the state being investigated.


FailureISanoption 3 years, 9 months ago

The CRCT scandal is a bad enough, but in a system where the students are told that failure is not an option, where teachers are told not to fail students, where a student can fail classes all year long and then recover enough credits to pass their grade in the last two weeks of school, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Students throughout the district are being taught that they are ENTITLED to good grades, that they shouldn't be judged by their behavior, that only positive reinforcement and rewards should be used. Don't say this isn't going on, because it is. It's just being swept under the rug while everybody tries to pretend that all is well. I feel sorry for the students because the real world is going to be a rude awakening for them. Contrary to what some people believe, failure IS an option and the sooner students recognize that THEY are responsible for their success or failure, the better off they will be.


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