Even before investigations exposed widespread cheating by Atlanta educators, the school district had looked into allegations against educators who now face criminal charges.
Little action was taken on most of these accusations, which dated from 2001 to 2011 and included altering test answer sheets, sexual harassment of co-workers and hitting students. A state investigative report released in July 2011, which found broad test cheating on standardized tests in 2009, spurred dismissal proceedings against the educators, and all those who were criminally charged eventually resigned or were fired.
Atlanta Public Schools internally reviewed complaints against 13 of the 35 former educators who were indicted in March for alleged crimes related to cheating, according to more than 3,000 pages of investigative and personnel files obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The newspaper examined the files to take a closer look at the educators’ employment histories.