APS croons ‘Your Cheating Heart’ to 12 principals
Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly Hall has reassigned principals at 12 schools suspected of cheating on the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
The schools were identified this week in a blue ribbon commission’s report as having high rates of unexplained erasures on students’ test papers. The principals are being reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation.
Based on the blue ribbon report’s findings, the school district also plans to refer 108 APS employees with teaching certificates to the state Professional Standards Commission for further investigation.
None of the employees have been identified publicly.
The reassignments were announced in a news release e-mailed to news outlets at 4:56 p.m. Friday. In the news business, late Friday afternoon is widely regarded as the ideal time to send out news if: a) You want as little coverage as possible, and b) You want to leave the office before any reporters can call you with questions.
Coincidence? You make the call.