Howard asks state to stop CRCT hearings


ATLANTA,None - Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has asked a state commission to suspend its investigation into cheating at Atlanta Public Schools, Channel 2's Tom Regan has learned.

Howard has asked the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to stop their investigation until mid-December because he says it may impede his criminal investigation.

"While our preference would be to continue our work without interruption, this is a reasonable request and we will support it," said Rick Eiserman with the commission.

Eiserman told Regan the commission will not hear cases against Atlanta educators accused in the cheating scandal in November or December but would resume hearing cases in January.

Earlier this month, the commission revoked the teaching licenses of eight teachers and three school administrators. The punishment was the first state sanctions against educators in the scandal. The eight teachers sanctioned by the commission will be allowed to reapply for their licenses in two years, but the administrators' revocations are permanent. Each had 30 days to appeal.

The commission is expected to hear 180 cases and conclude their work by May, Eiserman said.