The school board approved a plan to cut up to 475 jobs, including about 230 teachers, 90 custodians and 14 bus drivers and transportation staffers. Some of the layoffs are a result of a recent school redistricting, others because of declining revenue.Dozens of parents and employees spoke out against the planned changes, but school officials say the cuts are necessary to get the district’s spending in check.“We’re going to rethink almost everything we do, from the classroom to central offices,” said Chuck Burbridge, APS’ chief financial officer.Revenue from property taxes has dropped by $119 million since 2008. Over the same period, the budget for the 49,000-student district has decreased by $56 million.Almost every department was asked to cut spending by 10 percent in order to accommodate a leaner proposed budget of $564.8 million. Employees will again have two furlough days, and there will not be raises or cost-of-living increases.Like most school systems, the district spends most of its money — 53.6 percent — on salaries. Benefits are the second-highest expense and make up more than 20 percent of the budget. That’s why APS leaders say it’s impossible to make cuts without cutting people.“We will have to reduce labor force to achieve this,” Burbridge said.
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First Student To Testify In Atlanta Public School Scandal Says Teacher Did Nothing Wrong
Take a look for yourself and see if you feel the student is telling the truth. We are not very sure since the teacher admitted to violating testing rules. Since the scandal is out in the open now, why would this kid need to tell a lie, if this is the case?
A 12-year-old surprise defense witness Wednesday vehemently denied accusations his former Atlanta Public Schools teacher coached kids to change answers on a 2009 state exam.The student testified fourth grade teacher Derrick Broadwater was a good teacher who deserves to keep his job.“He read the directions and started walking around,” the student said of testing days in 2009. “He didn’t say nothing to the students.”The boy was the first student to testify in the district’s termination proceedings against educators suspected of cheating.In addition to the former Dobbs Elementary School student, the tribunal also heard testimony from a lawyer who said he witnessed Broadwater’s interview with state investigators. The lawyer maintained the educator never confessed to cheating.“He admitted no falsehoods; he admitted no crime; he admitted no cheating whatsoever in the conversation,” attorney John C. Jones told the panel. “It is just false.”A charge letter that referred Broadwater for termination said that according to the special investigative report on the 2009 state exam the teacher “admitted” to violating testing rules and prompting students to recheck their work if he saw wrong answers.Broadwater is one of nearly 180 APS teachers suspected of cheating on the state exam. He has been charged with willful neglect of duties, immorality and violating ethics policies.
Several Educators Now Suspended From Teaching in Atlanta Public School Classrooms
Georgia is finally making headway in getting those teachers involved in the cheating scandal out of the classrooms. While the process may still be a long and drawn out one, the punishment for the crimes are being realized at this moment.
Read report from AJC.com below:
Sixty-seven educators accused of cheating in Atlanta Public Schools lost their certification to work in a classroom Thursday, the most sweeping move yet to punish them.
Atlanta School District Offers Deal To ‘Quit Now To Avoid Charge Letter’ But Many Educators Renounce It
Last week, APS met with about 60 educators who face the most egregious allegations to put an offer on the table: Quit now and avoid receiving a “charge letter,” the first step in the firing process, and one that can stain an educator’s career. Five educators have taken the deal, according to APS.Other employees are considering the offer, said a district spokesman. APS said expected it would take some employees time to make a decision. In the meantime, the district plans to issue charge letters on a case-by-case basis. Superintendent Erroll Davis said Friday the district will start with those who confessed, and other egregious cases.“If in fact they have done these things, if in fact the conclusions are inevitable, I think the benefits of resigning would outweigh the benefits of staying on the payroll for a couple of months,” he said.
Since July, Atlanta Public Schools has been spending about $600,000 a month to pay the salaries of educators placed on administrative leave after their names appeared in a 400-plus page report on cheating. The district has been unable to fire teachers because of complicated state employment laws and a lack of access to critical evidence.Wednesday, Superintendent Erroll Davis said the district worked out an arrangement with District Attorney Paul Howard to view evidence against about 120 accused educators still on the payroll. That means APS can start building cases to terminate those deemed guilty of cheating, and retain those who are cleared.“My intent is to bring these proceedings to an end as quickly as possible,” Davis said. “I am hopeful we can do that by the end of this academic year.”Fulton prosecutors are preparing indictments with charges such as altering public documents, a felony, relating to the cheating scandal and for alleged kickback schemes involving APS vendors, lawyers familiar with the investigation said.
The district is under pressure to resolve the cases before May 15, the deadline for deciding whether to renew teaching contracts. Non-renewal is tantamount to firing.
Atlanta School District Agrees To Repay $363,000 for Cheating
Federal money given to the Atlanta Public Schools will be repaid to the government. The state school Superintendent John Barge told the press that the district has 90 days to return the money, according to the Associated Press.
The State of Georgia investigated over 100 schools involved in a widespread systematic cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools last year that dates back as far as 2001. There were nearly 180 educators and teachers who were accused of either giving students answers on tests or elaborately changing tests answers in order to achieve high scoring in the district.
Atlanta School Cheating: Five Educators Cleared in Scandal
Superintendent Erroll Davis of Atlanta schools has stated that five educators will not face criminal charges in the district’s cheating scandal.
Former Head of APS Beverly Hall Finally Addresses Cheating on Rock Center or Did She? [VIDEO]
We were shocked to see former head of APS Beverly Hall speaking on television about the cheating scandal. Though we will leave it up to you whether she did a good job at admitting remorse or involvement, we did however, appreciate one man’s apparent remorse and shamefulness about the degrading of many young people in the Atlanta Public Schools System by the scandal.
30 Atlanta Employees Have Resigned or Retired, Others May Be Severely Penalized
Though 30 Atlanta teachers and educators either resigned or retired amidst the cheating school scandal last Wednesday, the Fulton County district attorney has been asked to identify educators who won’t be prosecuted so the district can handle those cases first if it chooses.
“I will tell you what they will not being doing,” Davis said. “They will not being going in front of children.”
ATL Educators May Have to Repay Bonuses if Implicated in Cheating Scandal
Teachers and administrators may have to repay bonuses due to a possible introduction of a bill for APS schools involved in the cheating scandal.