By the rules, the Atlanta Public School system doesn’t have to rehire them as principals. The principals argue that they earned job protection rights when they were teachers, and therefore they should be provided with teacher’s contracts if the system doesn’t show cause for firing them.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
“APS has to prove these educators did something that violated a rule, policy or code of ethics that disqualifies them from returning to the classroom as a teacher,” said their attorney, Michael E. Kramer. “All of these charges have nothing to do with their abilities as classroom teachers. They were all excellent classroom teachers.”
The six principals are: Marlo Barber of F.L. Stanton Elementary, Anthony Dorsey of Fickett Elementary, Tamarah Larkin-Currie of White Elementary, Mimi Robinson of Connally Elementary, Tonya Saunders of Toomer Elementary and Cheryl Twyman of West Manor Elementary. Most are accused of “failing in their responsibilities” as a principal because cheating allegedly went on during their watch.
Two are accused in the state report of more serious offenses — Barber of changing student answers and Saunders of instructing teachers to cheat. Kramer said there is no evidence to support those claims.