0

Tribunal recommends upholding non-renewal

Former Turner Elementary School teacher Nikki Lyons confers with attorney Howard Stiller during her CRCT tribunal hearing Wednesday. The tribunal voted unanimously to uphold the Dougherty School Board’s decision to non-renew her teaching contact.

Former Turner Elementary School teacher Nikki Lyons confers with attorney Howard Stiller during her CRCT tribunal hearing Wednesday. The tribunal voted unanimously to uphold the Dougherty School Board’s decision to non-renew her teaching contact.

ALBANY, Ga. — A CRCT administrative tribunal on Wednesday voted 3-0 to recommend upholding the Dougherty County School System’s decision in May not to renew the teaching contract of Nikki Lyons.

Lyons was a third-grade science and social studies teacher at Turner Elementary in 2009 and was caught up in the school system’s CRCT erasure scandal when the governor’s report alleged she had prompted students during administration of the test.

The tribunal’s recommendation will be considered by the DCSS School Board, which will ultimately decide her fate.

“Naturally we are disappointed in the tribunal’s decision,” Lyons’ attorney, Howard Stiller, said. “We felt that they did not take into account that as a first-year teacher in 2008, Ms. Lyons had very little or no training at all in the administration of CRCT tests.”

Stiller added that he and his client will now wait on the School Board’s decision.

“We’ll wait and see what the School Board has to say at its next meeting,” Stiller said. “Then we will see what our next steps will be in exercising her legal rights.”

The tribunal listened to more than two hours of interviews recorded during three meetings between Lyons and special agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and according to panel Chairman Gary Walker, the tapes made an impact.

“The district provided evidence supporting each of the accusations,” Walker said. “The tapes provided even more evidence and made it very clear that all charges were supported beyond a shadow of a doubt.”

The interview tapes, recorded by GBI agents Eve Rodgers and Anita Ivy, showed Lyons acknowledged telling certain students to “go back over what you’ve done.”

Lyons added that “I can understand how that could be seen as giving them answers.”

She also admitted to “making mistakes in the administration of the CRCT test in 2009,” adding, “now that I know what I did wrong, I won’t do it again.”

School System attorney Flin Coleman also said he felt the recorded interviews were crucial in the tribunal’s recommendation to uphold the board’s decision.

“On recorded interviews, she (Lyons) acknowledged she prompted her students during the CRCT tests,” Coleman said. “The board can still accept the tribunal’s recommendation or do something else.”

In a related note, the DCSS decided to issue a contract renewal to Dougherty Principal Jose Roquemore, who was scheduled to appear before the tribunal this morning.

However, after the tribunal recommended renewing Albany High Principal Angela Schumate’s contract on Tuesday, the system attorney decided to drop the case against Roquemore.

“We basically had the same case against Roquemore that we pursued against Shumate,” Coleman said. “We were going to present that case to the same guys who recommended rejection of the Shumate non-renewal. We decided to drop the case and hand it back to the School Board.”

The Board voted 4-2 Wednesday to renew Roquemore’s contract.

The tribunal is scheduled to hear just two more CRCT cases: Adrienne Savage will appear on Monday morning, and Beverly Knighton-Harris will follow on Tuesday.

Comments

chinaberry25 2 years, 4 months ago

What did she do that was any different than the others. Gotta make a scape goat out of her. Turner Elementary, the teachers deserve a medal if they teach over there. I would stand in the welfare line rather than teach there. You would never get an satisfaction at that school. She is lucky not to have to go back.

3

director1217 2 years, 4 months ago

They just don't understand china, they just don't understand.

1

lynn227 2 years, 4 months ago

She didn't do anymore than the ones Mr. Coleman cleared. Actually, she did less. Somebody has to pay for this, it clearly doesn't matter who that might be. Turner and MLK are unofficial alternative schools. They receive the children other schools put out. They are the last steps before going to some youth detention facility. It must be nice to work at a place that can ditch a kid who doesn't behave. Maybe one day teachers will be rotated. Let's see those soft shells teach in a battle zone for a change. Magnet school teachers should be required to do time at MLK or Turner. I would love to see them after a daily dose of being told to, "Go to hell!" by a child who knows he/she owns the building. Imagine the satisfaction of watching a student urinate on textbooks. Or, the child who likes to draw detailed sketches of what he plans to do to the little girl across the room, after crawling into her window. He sure is making his "Uncle" proud! Then there's the ultimate fun of having parents ignore phone calls about their little darlings. They even go so far as not to sign any correspondence from the school; it helps when they voice that helpful lie, "I never received anything from the teacher. He/She is just picking on my child." Let's not forget the children that are the products of two drugheads, who in the past, decided procreation was a good idea. "Cocaine is a helluva thing!" Now they are really, special! They talk to themselves all day, bark at imaginary gremlins, and do all manner of idiotic things to disrupt the classroom. You people are screaming about asking a child to check their work? On most days in those two schools, you have to beg a student to take his/her hand from around a classmate's gullet. This is only Round 1, Nikki. I love you, friend!

2

tywebb 2 years, 4 months ago

if those things really occur in those schools, and i don't doubt that they do, then why are those students still there? why are they not already at the alternative school? why aren't parents having dfcs called on them? On the other hand....there are certain rules and procedures when giving the crct. If you don't follow them you must face the consequences. And i know.....they should've been going after whatley, daniels, and bridges.

0

lynn227 2 years, 4 months ago

You truly think DFAC cares? Have you lost your little mind? Besides, each child represents a sizeable amount of money. That's why parents who even mention teaching children at home, they're first led to believe they would be breaking some law. A Principal in a faculty meeting will tell you quickly, "Do whatever you have to do to calm the parent down. We get money for each student. We sent a child to an alternative program from MLK and they promptly sent the darling back. How long has it been since you set foot in a school? I don't mean a Magnate Hotel? I mean a school? Have you ever spent a WEEK at MLK. I suggest you come around lunch, we really have fun then. That's when the general population is out and about in the hallway. I dare you to spend a week there! Or, maybe you'd like to go east and hit Turner. They can show you a good time.

2

Environmentalist 2 years, 4 months ago

"The tribunal’s recommendation will be considered by the DCSS School Board, which will ultimately decide her fate."

Oh, we all know where this is going.

0

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

The story goes on..........repeating what we've learned so far:

Moral of this Travesty:

  1. Cheat and confess (tell the truth) = punishment
  2. Cheat and blame others = slap on the wrist
  3. Cheat and deny (lie) = skating party

When I grew up, it was exactly backwards from this. If you confessed, you got off light. If you lied, you were severely punished. I guess that's why they say we've got it all screwed up in America today, different than how our fathers and grandfathers did it.

I feel sorry for Ms. Lyons. Had she not told the truth, she could be back teaching.

2

bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 4 months ago

The majority of these cases were weak.....case closed. Can we turn the page now?

0

TRUTH101 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm praying for you Nikki..... Put this behind you and Strive for the Highest........... She had to be following the directions of her administrator. She taught science and social studies, which aren’t even ayp indicators. She had nothing to gain by cheating unless prompted by administrators.

3

tywebb 2 years, 4 months ago

students still have to pass the crct to be promoted. And she didn't necessarily have to be following directions......as a first year teacher it IS possible that she wasn't told enough times NOT to help/prompt/encourage students on the CRCT. It's not the same as a regular science test where you can help/prompt/remind/encourage students. You can't do ANYTHING during the crct except monitor

0

lynn227 2 years, 4 months ago

Students don't have to pass that test to be promoted. If they fail the test? Dougherty County has a dumbed-down 10 or 20 question piece of crap a doorknob could pass, without being turned. Besides, principals meet with each teacher at the end of the school year and stamp students for the next grade level. That's with or without passing the CRCT. They still get to move on! And here people think teachers decide who moves on. LOL In the CRCT test booklet it states, "Walk around the room and make sure the students are marking appropriately." What would be appropriate, in light of that statement, to convey to a student they are on task? How would that work? According to that statement, if I see a child on the wrong page, I can redirect them. Or, should I just be silent and keep monitoring. What if I spot a child who has skipped down to ten while I am on three? Am I to say, "We are on number three?" Or, just keep monitoring...very quietly? What if a child has fallen asleep? They clearly are not marking appropriately. Should I intervene? Or, pretend I don't see him/her?

2

tywebb 2 years, 4 months ago

well, at our school they did have to pass the crct to move on. and those are questions you (i'm guessing you're a teacher) should be asking your testing administrator.

0

TRUTH101 2 years, 4 months ago

Math and ELA are the only two subjects that can cause a student to fail in ANY SCHOOL SYSTEM and thats only in grades 3,5, and 8th........

0

lynn227 2 years, 4 months ago

I know the answer to those questions. Common sense has to be used sometimes. Your school? What school would that be? The entire county has the same procedure. Don't tell me we have a maverick on the DCSS payroll.

2

TRUTH101 2 years, 4 months ago

This is like APD hunting down the guy on the corner but allowing the drug supplier to get away. It makes absolutely no sense!!!!

2

lynn227 2 years, 4 months ago

They don't want the supplier and the supplier is content to get out of jail, free.

2

TrixibelleBento 2 years, 4 months ago

So she had little to no training in the administration of the CRCT? I haven't had a day of training either but I do know that you never tell students to change their answers! DCSS has a bunch of mental giants!

0

rightasrain 2 years, 4 months ago

A graduate from the unsinkable, unthinkable ASU possibly?

0

TRUTH101 2 years, 4 months ago

And where did you obtain your degree?

0

VietVet1 2 years, 4 months ago

“now that I know what I did wrong, I won’t do it again.” Really meant to say "Now that I was caught, I won't do it again - - - unless I think I can get away with it!"

0

TRUTH101 2 years, 4 months ago

More like...Now that I understand my boss will get off free, I will tell him/her to go jump in a lake next time

1

lynn227 2 years, 4 months ago

Don't forget the cement block. I wouldn't want the boss to accidently float.

1

LikeItIs 2 years, 4 months ago

Did she ask the students to rethink questions she knew they had answered incorrectly, or did she simply ask them to go over ALL their work? To do the former is wrong, the latter may be questionable and deserving of a light admonition, but to fire her??? The article is not clear as to which situation occurred.

0

Amazed2 2 years, 4 months ago

??? Is She Black or White?? Maybe they made an example of her cause she felt she wanted to clear her name. She felt she did not do anything to deserve a 40 day pay suspension so they basically fired her and rehired Gloria Baker who has been charged and indited for falsifying paper and fraudently obtaining lunches for her kid or kids even though she makes $90000 or more year.

0

Amazed2 2 years, 4 months ago

Hopefully her lawyer will file suit for her and he can supenea all the records for the whole CRCT mess.

0

lynn227 2 years, 4 months ago

Odd as it sounds, she had to lose to have access to them. Dougherty County denied access to the names of the Paras who proctored in the room. Can you imagine being so into yourself you can ignore a subpoena? That must be grand!

1

agirl_25 2 years, 4 months ago

Not to change the subject, but I will...sorta, but while we are on the subject, sorta, of telling fibs, sorta.......did ya ever find out if Murfree really did get a PhD from Howard University as he claims?

0

MRKIA 2 years, 4 months ago

SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE DEAL AND KEPT HER JOB. PROVING A POINT CAN BE EXPENSIVE.

0

bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 4 months ago

Most of those cases were weak and exaggerated by the investigators....then the paper went crazy accusing people....then the posters went crazy ....now you realize when the smoke clears it was all OVER-RATED and EXAGGERATED!!! Some were guilty, but most were NOT!!! REPENT!!!! Maybe you need to ask for forgiveness for lying on those people......think about it.....

0

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

Are you already back home from the skating party?

1

Jacob 2 years, 4 months ago

your hate is eating your heart. stop obsessing about race and think of the poor children. you will look less hateful and stupid then.

1

Sign in to comment