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. Philip

    Get rid of your TV's and all of this goes away. Read "The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior", a study done some 20 years ago that found children who viewed the most video were the dummies. Even back then, parents were allowing their own children to watch 4-8 hours of programming each day. And now we have mind-numbing video games where even adluts sit in front of a video screen and spend countless hours dumbing down, plugged-in to the system. Being programmed...some even look as if they are being hypnotized after playing World of Warcraft for several hours. Then they come here and try to post something 'smart'. Dummies.

    July 16, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jiao

    I KNOW how it is at our school; NCLB is the worst thing EVER to happen to our schools.
    If one is over the age of 40, without a child in the school system, or isn't an educator, one doesn't know what they're talking about.

    July 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 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 techers 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 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pacman

      "It is your job as a teacher...", not "techer".

      July 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jerk

    Good old public education!

    July 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    No. This is good NEW public education.
    My public education was great.

    July 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jiao

    I find it funny that TOTY would say 'loose' instead of 'lose'.

    July 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CSnSC

    Attended public school in metro Atlanta back in the '70s. If the schools had this policy then, I would have gotten into a better college !

    July 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jiao

    It is the NEW public education...which is why blanket statements about our educational system by old-school people are absolutely so ridiculous to read.
    One who doesn't know shouldn't comment.

    July 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chad Williams

    Shows just how useless and corrupt unions are.

    July 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Jiao:
    To know about the "NEW" public education, an old-school person only has to read this board.

    July 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    BTW, Jiao, I am an educator. Musicians come from many countries to study privately with me what was not taught in their university and conservatory graduate programs.

    July 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CSnSC

    @jIF, my daughter is a music minor in a small private college here. Drop in sometime. She's an amazing soprano,but could use piano tips.:-D

    July 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jiao

    Comparing teaching piano to teaching in high school is comparing apples to oranges.
    Completely silly.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ CSnSC:
    I was going to post this to you before: no matter what college accepted you after Atlanta, you did very well. I always enjoy our conversations, even when I appear to be a war criminal.
    @ Jiao: "teaching piano" isn't exactly what I do.
    Still, teaching is pretty much the same whether it's to a single student or to a group.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Time for dinner...and they do take away crumbs at this joint.
    I won't be back tonight.

    July 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
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