Atlanta cheating scandal: Retired teachers say they had OK to cheat

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Two retired educators testified Tuesday they erased answers at Deerwood Academy in 2008 and 2009 with the blessing of then-Assistant Principal Tabeeka Jordan.

Jordan appeared before a tribunal of retired educators to fight efforts by Atlanta Public Schools to fire her. Jordan was suspended from August 2009 until June 2010 and since has been on medical leave awaiting a resolution of cheating charges, according to a state report.

APS is trying to fire Jordan and about 80 educators implicated in the cheating scandal. Jordan’s hearing will resume at 10 a.m. May 30.

At Tuesday’s hearing, former Deerwood employees Lavonia Ferrell and Margaret Merkerson testified they changed answers on state exams in summer 2008 and spring 2009. Jordan walked in and out of the conference room while the cheating was taking place, they said.

Jordan’s attorney said she did not know the two were erasing answers. Part of their duty was to bubble in student information on the front of test sheets, according to testimony.

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