by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
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The people involved in Atlanta’s public school system cheating scandal are finally suffering the consequences of their actions — yet at their own hands. The scandal was first revealed the day after the July 4th holiday by Governor Nathan Deal. Now near the end of this month, investigations are reaching conclusions leading to disciplinary actions that those involved want to avoid facing. Instead of waiting to be fired, some of those involved are bowing out with what little grace they have left. The Associated Press reports:
“Atlanta Public Schools Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis says about 30 school system employees implicated in a state cheating scandal have resigned or retired rather than go through termination. Davis said Thursday that 130 to 150 educators named in a state investigative report released July 5 remain employed with the district, and the district is still deciding what to do next.”
According to reports from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Davis says he talked with Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. on yesterday to see what to do with the guilty instructors who remain. At a town hall meeting, Davis said that it was requested of the DA’s office that they signify which educators will not be prosecuted so they can know how to proceed most efficiently. The Associated Press says “the report names 178 educators, including 38 principals, as participants in improving students’ state test scores,” and these are the people that still have to be handled.
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