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. fernace

    Well, isn't this convenient! Now that our gov't is laying off teachers right & left, in every state, 170 some educators in 1 American city are "caught cheating"? I don't believe it! Perhaps a few, but not this many at this crucial time. I think that is why they are given a choice! This is just a way to lay off teachers without looking like "the bad guy" or like it's an "epidemic"!!

    July 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gung Hoe

    Im a male who is trans-gender !!! And i need either a dil-do or a real dik in my a$$ like right NOW!!...... or even a dik in my mouth for about 1 1/2 hrs , that wud be real nice , painters edge where are u when i need u !!..........

    July 16, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Al Sharpton

    African teachers resign? Yeah, right.

    And if they get fired, they'll just get their jobs back after a lot of litigation.

    You don't wanna make blacks own up to anything – they get real "testy" when you do that.

    July 16, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Balance

      Hmmm...Kinda like Caucasian led U.S. government causing bloodshed in many Black/darker skinned peoples' countries. When was the last time the U.S. bombed a European country without Muslims? I guess whites love killing Blacks all over the world, huh?

      July 16, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. chamila

    Good news

    July 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    rdg18 did your ignorant stupid hillbilly self say 'liberals cheat all the time'? typical moronaic tea party statment form a ignorant blind undereducated tea gagger.

    July 16, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    so called al sharpton, phony racist trash, just shut the hell, come out and show your true tea party bigot self. stop hideing behind a black persons name.

    July 16, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The article did not say that the teachers were asked to resign because they were African-American, did it?
    No. I read it again.
    How many of the teachers are?
    How many of the students are African-American?
    How many white ones?
    Any Asian students among the cheaters? I doubt it. Why do I doubt it?

    July 16, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. American Media STOCK DISCOUNTS

    Face it > the American school system is designed for cheating via the internet.

    In fact the best cheaters are white women.

    It is not cheating, it is in fact American corporate success.

    A salesman nation of salesman have only the success of illusions of power for the world stage.

    Chinese students learn English at an early age but are qualified for little other than cloning the patterns
    of the American corporate ideology. Curiously, americans now copy the same Internet cloning clone.

    Eventually there is nothing left to copy: and what was once the innovations of true curiousity is nothing
    but "indoctrination" which is the absense of any actual education.

    The dog and pony ribbons of education are themselves a cheat of the intelligence of mankind.

    American cowboys care little for ribbons and very much for "gold standards" fearing the formula
    they have made will once again bite them: like Lehman Brothers on a hot sunday.


    July 16, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "Early to rise,
    "Makes a man healthy..."
    I'm not going to the gym this morning. I have to go to the office briefly–BTW, that valuable employee is staying with us–and then we're going to drive around and look at antiques in the country, ending the day in a wonderful French restaurant upstate.
    Life is good.

    July 16, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mekell

    What this article doesn't say is nearly half of the 178 have already admitted they did it. The other half are trying to cover their tracks. Believe me, they have the proof to fire all of them. You're right Joey, a shame compared to the Atlanta of a decade ago.

    July 16, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |

    As recipient of the prestiegous Teacher of the Year Award for the last 3 years this situation worries me. Many fine teachers may loose their jobs because of pressure from higher ups. Children may end up suffering as a result of this loss. It should be left up to the teachers themselves if they are punished and if so, what that punishment should be. Non educators should not be involved in this process. The general public lack a true understanding of this or any issue.

    July 16, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Anup

      That is so funny! Let the teachers who committed fraud decide what, if any, their punishment should be. What comes next? Do employees now get to decide what their raises for the year will be? Or maybe let everyone decide how much taxes they want to pay?

      I don't understand why they are all not getting fired? If they resign, they get to keep their pension benefits, don't they? Shouldn't they be charged with fraud and tried in court, rather than be allowed to quietly resign and take their pensions and retirement healthcare benefits?

      July 17, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Master Of Puppets

    Wonderful dialogue going on here.

    July 16, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |

    Many of us feel the children should face a punishment equal that or exceeding what these good instructors recieve. Everyone knows the vast majority of children are unteachable unruly brats. Most just do not want to learn. If we had a better class of young people willing to be educated all of us would be better off. Children are our future. With todays youth our future is very dim.

    July 16, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Pacman

      @Toty Teacher: I find it disturbing that a 3 time Teacher of the Year recipient has an underlying belief that MOST students don't want to learn and that teachers have no control over that. That is a typical excuse from teachers that are not reaching their kids... It is your job as a teacher to motivate your "unruly brats" to want to learn. We all know this is not easy. If you walk into your classroom though, with the belief that the majority of your class does not want to learn and is unteachable, how much effort are you really going to put into helping those kids? That is a scary thought as both an educator and a parent. Anyone can teach a kid that is foaming at the mouth to learn, but only exemplary teachers can can motivate the unmotivated to learn.

      *Take it as you will.

      July 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini, D.D.

    TOTY TEACHER is right.
    It is a student's responsibility to learn. A teacher can only help.
    This relationship has turned upside down during the last five decades.
    The students and parents need to know the truth about how they are failing.
    I learned even when I had bad teachers, but that was a long time ago.
    (I'm not on here for most of today.)

    July 16, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Sorry. Meant to take away the honorary degree when I got away from a religious argument.

    July 16, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
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