First-grade teacher Joya Florence thought she was done with Atlanta’s cheating scandal after the school system put her back in the classroom and prosecutors granted her immunity.
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Atlanta cheating by the numbers:
- Thirty-five former teachers and administrators, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, face criminal charges. They’re accused of racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses and making false statements. Judge Jerry Baxter last month refused to dismiss the indictment based on claims that the prosecution’s case was tainted by coerced statements provided to special investigators and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents.
- Atlanta Public Schools has completed all but two cases of educators accused of cheating. About 114 educators resigned or retired from Atlanta Public Schools, and 38 were terminated or didn’t have their contracts renewed. Twenty-one educators were reinstated. Of those, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission recommended certificate suspensions or revocations against 14, including teacher Joya Florence. The commission found that there was no probable cause to move forward against five. Open investigations are pending against the remaining two.
- The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has recommended that 112 educators have their certificates suspended — including Florence — and that 45 have their certificates revoked. Many of those cases are being appealed. The commission found no probable cause in six cases, and 22 cases haven’t yet been considered by the commission.