Plea deals are on the table for the 35 Atlanta Public Schools employees involved in the historic cheating scandal. So far 11 educators have accepted plea deals for a guilty plead. Since trials were scheduled for May, 2014. One educator has died. The remaining 23 educators have until January 6, 2014 to enter a plea of guilty. That is including former Superintendent Beverly Hall. If not, they are schedule to go trial. So far, those educators that have plead guilty are facing misdemeanor charges. Being a first time offender, many will get leniency from the court for their guilty plea.
For many of the educators who have accepted plea deals, they are facing disparate years of probation and hours of community service plus restitution of bonuses and money earned related to the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests ( CRCT). Each educator is facing charges, based on their level of involvement in the cheating.
Atlanta educators may still face disciplinary actions from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC). The commission protects Georgia’s higher standard of learning. They have the power to issue a warning or reprimand, or to suspend, revoke, or deny certificates. These actions may come further down the road since the guilty pleads have been accepted by the court and prosecutors. For the educators accepting guilty pleas, they may also be called to testify against their colleagues in May. Teacher retirement may also be a concern for educators involved in the cheating scandal as well as future employment in the field of education.
Charges that APS educators face
Making false statements
Falsifying student records
Theft by taking
District Attorney Paul Howard, just wants the truth and those responsible held accountable. The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal continues to be in the news daily, locally and nationally. Healing will take many years and the memory of the scandal will forever be a label on Atlanta Public Schools. The impact on students victimized by the cheating scandal, will leave a perpetual scare on their future and education. Children first.
‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’