Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis has sent letters home to all 178 employees implicated in the system's cheating scandal, informing them they can resign next week or face being fired.
The national spotlight on Atlanta’s school-cheating scandal has caused other school districts to take stock and begin taking action to prevent such widespread cheating in their schools. Testing leaders in districts around Georgia said that while the case for alarm in most of the state wasn’t as great, Atlanta’s crisis does provide an incentive for refining their own test security procedures and for re-training their employees.
Governor Perdue today answered a charge by a group of black Atlanta pastors that the State’s investigation into cheating on the CRCT is a "witch hunt" against black teachers. The clergy is protesting possible criminal charges against educators. Fulton County’s District Attorney, Paul Howard, said he will seek criminal prosecutions if warranted in the cheating allegations at some Atlanta public schools.
Gov. Sonny Perdue is launching a special investigation into cheating allegations in two Georgia school districts. Perdue announced Wednesday that he is unhappy with what he called "woefully inadequate" internal probes by the Atlanta and Dougherty County school systems. The investigations followed a statewide review of all standardized tests taken by first- through eighth-graders in spring 2009 showing unusual numbers of erasures on tests.