Atlanta Teachers In Scandal Told To Quit, Or Else
by: The Associated Press, NPR, July 15, 2011 8:07:00 pm
Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis has sent letters home to all 178 employees implicated in the system's cheating scandal, informing them they can resign next week or face being fired.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the letters began arriving in mailboxes Friday.
Davis states in the letter that Atlanta Public Schools will accept resignations Monday through Wednesday, and the district will begin termination proceedings against those who decide to try and keep their jobs.
A state investigation released this month found that 178 Atlanta educators cheated on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests at nearly half of the district's 100 schools. The investigation showed the cheating likely went as far back as 2001, affecting tens of thousands of children.
The scandal has led some Atlanta teachers to retain defense attorneys, vowing to clear their names.