• Ex-APS Administrator Loses Texas Superintendent Post


    DESOTO, Texas,None - A former Atlanta Public Schools administrator is on her way out from her current job as superintendent of a Texas school district.

    Ex-APS Administrator Loses Tx. Post

    During a school board meeting Monday night, board members voted 3-2 to authorize their legal team to negotiate the terms of a voluntary exit agreement for Dr. Kathy Augustine.

    Augustine had been placed on leave with pay after the DeSoto Independent School Board learned she was implicated in the APS cheating investigation.

    The decision, however, was not unanimous.

    “I for one cannot support the decision of this board,” one board member said. “I do not feel this is the best decision for this district.”

    The CRCT report specifically accuses Augustine of misrepresenting test scores and giving false information to state officials.

    After the report became public, Augustine released a statement to the Dallas, Texas, media saying, “I assure you that I was neither involved in, nor aware of, that kind of behavior."

    At the time, the head of the DeSoto Independent School Board announced support for her, writing, “Dr. Augustine has been transparent with the DeSoto ISD board of trustees regarding this investigation since her initial interview with the board.”

    Once they learned of the allegations, some DeSoto board members called for her resignation.

    “With the superintendent being the face of the community, what face are we seeing? The face of someone that's unethical? The face of someone who falsified information?" board member Sandra Wheeler said in an earlier interview.

    The state report released by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s office implicated 178 Atlanta educators in the massive cheating scandal.

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