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Atlanta School District Offers Deal To ‘Quit Now To Avoid Charge Letter’ But Many Educators Renounce It

Atlanta School District Offers Deal But Many Educators Renounce The Offers
It’s not going to be an easy road for APS school district to push Atlanta educators off the payroll. The educators accused of cheating are not convinced to resign because they have very little incentive to leave, says AJC news.
If this is the case, this means the taxpayers will ultimately be on the hook for the costly ‘firing process’. To get down to the real numbers, the district has spent $6.2 million in salaries for suspended teachers which comes up to $600,000 per month. Even the legal fees are astronomical at $700,000 and will increase as they work on building a case against nearly 120 educators still on the payroll.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:
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.
But it is unclear is why accused educators would quit rather than challenge APS to prove the charges against them.
Educators have job protection rights, meaning they can only be fired for eight reasons and it’s up to the school district to prove their guilt. They can request a hearing to challenge the firing and can appeal the decision up to the state Supreme Court. Members of teacher advocacy groups like the Georgia Association of Educators have access to legal aid, which covers attorney fees during this process.
Read more of the story at AJC News

Atlanta School Educators Will Face Indictments From Fulton County Grand Jury

Atlanta School Educators Will Face Indictments From Fulton County Grand Jury
Well, it appears that the fate of some Atlanta School teachers and educators will come soon. Many of them will face the consequences for participating in one of the nation’s largest cheating scandals.  Let’s find out exactly what many of them who have evidence against them will have to face from the grand jury:
Report from AJC.com:
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

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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.