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Atlanta Public Schools: 41 Named In Cheating Scandal Quit

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AP/The Huffington Post   First Posted: 07/25/11 01:18 AM ET Updated: 09/23/11 06:12 AM ET

ATLANTA -- Atlanta school officials say 41 educators accused in a cheating scandal have resigned or retired.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that, according to district data, 13 educators have left since the state issued a scathing report detailing cheating. The report alleged cheating on standardized tests dating back to 2001 in nearly half of the district's 100 schools.

Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis said at a town hall meeting Thursday that approximately 30 educators had resigned or retired from the system at that point.

Now, Atlanta officials are deciding what to do with the remaining 137 educators. Termination proceedings could take anywhere from days to years, but Davis has assured parents that those named in the report will not be back in the classroom.

At the same time, Georgia education officials are scrutinizing the eight members who still sit on the Atlanta school board and looking to determine whether they are still fit to oversee the nearly 50,000-student district, according to AJC.

Officials say 28 educators left before the report was issued. The report implicated 178 educators in what is the nation's largest cheating scandal.

Of those educators who have left, 13 are school principals implicated in the cheating investigation.

Interim schools Superintendent Erroll Davis sent a message to employees named in the report earlier this month demanding they resign or be fired. School employees who are fired are entitled to a hearing under state law.

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