Atlanta Public Schools Tell Cheating Teachers To Ship Out

In the fall-out from the cheating scandal in the Atlanta public school system, more than 150 teachers are set to be fired or forced out

Kristina Torres of The Atlanta Journal-Constitutional reports that Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis sent letters home to all 178 employees implicated in an ongoing cheating scandal with a short, pointed message: Resign next week or face termination.  The letter follows several high-profile staffing changes by Davis this week in the wake of a searing state report, which detailed widespread test cheating in 44 APS schools and said ex-schools chief Beverly Hall presided over a culture of cover-ups and obstruction during her 12-year tenure.

From The AJC:

Davis on Monday accepted the resignation of APS human resources chief Millicent Few, who the report said “illegally ordered” the destruction or alteration of documents and made false statements. Davis also replaced four area superintendents and two principals — and promised more to come.

The letter in question, which began arriving in mailboxes last Friday, includes the insight that Davis will accept resignations Monday through Wednesday during normal office hours. APS spokesman Keith Bromery said it was sent to all 178 employees, including teachers and principals, named in the report who either confessed to cheating or who were implicated by investigators. Bromery said the district will start termination proceedings afterward against those who decide to stay on and fight for their jobs.

Employees have contractual and legal rights to due process. According to state law, when a district moves to suspend or fire a teacher, principal or other district employee, the employee is entitled to a hearing to defend himself or herself. The employee can also appeal to the state.

Some are already fighting for their jobs.


  1. Doug

    Fire George Bush, NCLB was his idiotic idea.

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July 19th, 2011

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