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Source: Implicated APS teacher called to teach again

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News learned late Wednesday that at least one Atlanta Public Schools teacher implicated in a system-wide cheating scandal was told to be back in her classroom this fall.

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A source close to the situation told 11Alive's Matt Pearl that one teacher, a testing coordinator who was implicated in the APS cheating scandal report, was contacted by her principal and told to be prepared to teach this upcoming year. It is unclear if she is the only implicated teacher to receive such a call.

APS spokesperson Keith Bromery said the teacher in question probably received the call by accident, that the principal who made the call was probably just going through a list, and that no teachers had been cleared to teach again at this point.

When the scandal initially broke, Interim Atlanta Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said teachers who cheat should not be allowed near kids.

 

"Those who have cheated our children or have permitted our children to be cheated should not have the opportunity to be in front of children," Davis said.

11Alive News heard from the superintendent Thursday morning. In a Tweet attributed to Davis, the APS Update Twitter account said: "Letters have not gone out to all teachers on list. Will be done/sent by end of week."

The tweet refers to this letter from Davis, putting the implicated teachers "on administrative leave with pay" until their individual cases are resolved.

The superintendent's spokesperson says the district is investigating each teacher individually. If there is enough evidence against a teacher, that teacher will be subject to a hearing. If not, that teacher will be able to go back in the classroom as an APS educator.

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