Atlanta teachers accused in cheating scandal told to resign or be fired
Atlanta Public School Superintendent Erroll Davis Jr. signed the letters.
July 15th, 2011
09:29 PM ET

Atlanta teachers accused in cheating scandal told to resign or be fired

The superintendent of the Atlanta Public School system has issued an ultimatum to 178 teachers implicated in one of the nation's largest school cheating scandals: resign or be fired.

Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis Jr. signed the letters, which were sent Thursday, to educators named in a report as either confessing to or being implicated in "testing improprieties," Atlanta Public School spokesman Keith Bromery said.

The letters gave teachers the opportunity to resign Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, Bromery said. If teachers don't
resign, the district plans to initiate termination proceedings.

Dozens of Atlanta public school educators falsified standardized tests or failed to address such misconduct in their schools, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said a week ago. He was unveiling the results of a state investigation that confirmed widespread cheating in city schools dating as far back as 2001.

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  1. SD

    As an educator I am embarassed, but not surprised. If I school has bad test scores then the school is at risk of being taken over. Its all or nothing for all. And for some of us, the students have no motivation to learn. I gave a project in class in which they have 10 days fall class periods plus 2 weekends. I had about 25 % turn it in.

    July 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. evalv

    50% or more of ALL school teachers never dreamed of being in a classroom with "snotty kids" they wanted to be cops, professors, pilots, psychiatrists, etc. They all cheat. Don't read essays, leave grading to TA's. They only went into the dead end job of schoolteachers for: union benefits, steady pay, loooong holidays, and short hours. Half of them are Failed professionals. I am a student, I've volunteered and I've taught EL students – 4 different schools total. Teaching (children) is a job that requires immense amounts of passion. Very few qualify.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Realitychecker

    Those who can "Teach"
    Those who can't write laws and policies that teachers must follow.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Realitychecker

    Attention future teachers and college students training for careers in education.

    Stop now, change majors and rethink your future. Do you really want a career that is constantly under attack. It will not get any better in the future. Save yourself and your future loved ones the burden of being in the most hated profession on earth.

    That feeling that you have in your gut about wanting to help others will pass. Think of yourself for a change and take a job in the private sector where you can make more money and live a happier, healthier life. Being a professional educator is not the way to go

    July 18, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kailan

    So true. Honesty and evreyihtng recognized.

    July 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Captain Nemo

    All you rude idiots bashing teachers shoudl THANK THE ONES WHO TAUGHT YOU TO READ.

    August 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMarine

      My father and mother taught me to read BEFORE I started school. Not some babysitter in a classroom. The majority of teachers in this nation are more corrupt than Politicians and bankers

      August 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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