Implicated Workers May Cost APS $6M
(AJC) — Atlanta Public Schools will pull $6 million from savings to pay the salaries and benefits of educators named in the state cheating investigation over the next six months. Almost 200 teachers, principals and staff were implicated in what investigators called widespread cheating, where student answers were changed from wrong to right on state tests. Of those named, 126 are on administrative leave awaiting a due process hearing required by law. The remainder have resigned or retired. Monday’s meeting capped the first day of school at APS, as students returned to a district still figuring out how it will help students harmed in the cheating scandal, fully staff its teaching corps and improve its board operations enough so that an accrediting agency will take the district off probation.