Tue., March 13, 2012 11:00am (EDT)

Bill Revoking Teacher Bonuses Moves On
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students. But after widespread cheating by educations in Atlanta Public Schools, lawmakers are advancing a bill to revoke those bonuses for teachers who cheat on the tests. (Photo Courtesy of Casey Serin via Flickr.)
Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students. But after widespread cheating by educations in Atlanta Public Schools, lawmakers are advancing a bill to revoke those bonuses for teachers who cheat on the tests. (Photo Courtesy of Casey Serin via Flickr.)
The Senate education committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.

The bill stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.