• Some educators could learn fate from cheating scandal next week

    By: Tom Regan


    ATLANTA,None - Channel 2 Action News has learned 11 Atlanta educators, including teachers, a principal and administrators will learn next week if they will lose their professional certificates.

    The Georgia Professional Standards Commission will hear evidence gathered by an agency investigation on Thursday. These will be the first cases to be acted upon by the agency after the governor's report exposed a massive cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public School system.

    "The standard of proof for the Professional Standards Commission is the preponderance of evidence as opposed to beyond a reasonable doubt," chief GPSC investigator John Grant said.

    Grant told Channel 2's Tom Regan he personally interviewed several of the educators now facing possible sanctions stemming from the state's investigation into cheating on CRCT testing at Atlanta Public Schools.

    The commission could decide to suspend an educator's certification for two years, issue reprimands or take no action. Principals and administrator could have their certification revoked.

    In all, the agency will investigate nearly 200 cases related to the cheating scandal.

    APS and the Fulton County district attorney are also conducting investigations into test cheating.

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