APS Library Workers Forced Into The Classroom

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ATLANTA,None —

Dozens of employees who head up media centers and libraries in Atlanta Public Schools are being transferred into teacher positions to replace educators removed following the test cheating scandal.

Some of the media specialists being placed in teacher positions contacted Channel 2's Tom Regan to complain that they are not prepared to lead a classroom even though they are certified to teach.

"I haven't taught elementary level education in 21 plus years," one employee wrote in an email.

"I'm not prepared to teach the very children who have been cheated by the cheating scandal," the employee wrote.

Some of the media specialists also complained they were being uprooted from schools where they have worked for years and transferred to teach in another school.

Librarians Moving Back To Classroom

"It's putting the school at a disadvantage, the students and the teacher," said Verdaillia Turner, president of the Atlanta Federation of Teachers.

Turner told Regan most of the media specialists were notified in phone messages that their jobs were changing on Aug. 1.

She said they are not being given enough time to transition into a teaching position.

An Atlanta Public Schools spokesman told Regan the transfers are necessary to cover the educational needs of children in the upcoming school year.