Only 7 out of 178 Atlanta Educators Quit Amidst Cheating Scandal
State report finds nearly 48 Atlanta schools cheated on a 2009 standardized state test
In the midst of Atlanta's cheating scandal, only seven out of 178 educators chose to retire or resign in order to avoid termination. Those who did not quit are entitled to appeal the decision and have a hearing.
Atlanta's interim school superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. gave the educators a three-day window to resign.
"All the superintendent wanted to do was give people the opportunity to resign or retire without having some sort of termination notice on their record," Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Keith Bromery said.
A state report issued earlier this month found that nearly four dozen Atlanta elementary and middle schools cheated on a 2009 standardized state test, with 178 educators implicated, including 38 principals.
"A culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation existed in Atlanta Public Schools, which created a conspiracy of silence," the state report concluded.