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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 8:36am

More Teachers Banned From School

A group of Georgia educators accused in a test cheating scandal are banned from public schools in the state for up to a year.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission voted Thursday to revoke teaching licenses for two Fulton County educators and two
Atlanta Public Schools educators for a year.

Three other Atlanta educators will go unlicensed for 90 days.

The allegations stem from a state audit released in June that showed answer sheets for a standardized math test were tampered
with at four elementary schools the previous summer.

Thursday's sanctions are the last of the educators believed to be involved in the cheating scandal.

The fallout may not be over for the educators and legal action could ensue.

On Wednesday, a former DeKalb County elementary school principal pleaded guilty to falsifying government documents.

DeKalb County District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming said Atherton Elementary principal James Berry will serve two years' probation and pay a $1,000 fine.

He could have been sentenced up to a decade.

Berry's attorney, Jackie Patterson, said Berry is "thrilled" to have the case behind him. He said Berry plans to stay in education in Georgia and is looking for jobs.

Berry resigned after admitting to changing students' answers on a standardized math exam in summer 2008.

The state's teacher licensing commission banned Berry from Georgia public schools for two years.


Rickey Bevington