Ga. lawmakers revoke bonuses for cheating teachers

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 6:36 AM
Last updated 6:37 AM
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ATLANTA — Lawmakers have passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students. Teachers would have to give up that money if the bill becomes law.

The legislation stems from last year’s cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta’s 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.


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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 03/27/12 - 09:39 am
How is this going to be

How is this going to be enforced?

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/27/12 - 09:53 am
The way this story is worded,

The way this story is worded, the law must do two things:

1. Revoke the bonuses already paid to a sub-group of teachers that were found guilty of cheating (and how that is going to be achieved is not spelled out in the story — are they going to send a bill and hope the teachers pay it? Are they going to garnish future wages if the teachers are still employed? No one knows).

2. Disallow bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of students for all teachers in the state going forward.

LLArms 03/27/12 - 10:55 am
Or you know, arrest them for

Or you know, arrest them for uh fraud?

Sweet son
Sweet son 03/27/12 - 11:47 am
Does this mean that upper

Does this mean that upper "educators" have been getting bonuses and incentives for work done by their teachers who have had no raises and also been furloughed? My comment doesn't even address the cheaters!!

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