Atlanta tells 178 educators: Resign or be fired

Atlanta tells 178 educators: Resign or be fired

July 16th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis has sent letters home to all 178 employees implicated in the system's cheating scandal, informing them they can resign next week or face being fired.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the letters began arriving in mailboxes Friday.

Davis states in the letter that Atlanta Public Schools will accept resignations Monday through Wednesday, and the district will begin termination proceedings against those who decide to try and keep their jobs.

A state investigation released this month found that 178 Atlanta educators cheated on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests at nearly half of the district's 100 schools. The investigation showed the cheating likely went as far back as 2001, affecting tens of thousands of children.