ATLANTA -- State Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) plans to introduce a bill which would require teachers and administrators who confessed or have been found guilty of cheating on standardized tests to repay any bonus money they earned.
A scathing state investigation uncovered widespread cheating in the Atlanta Public School system, implicating 178 educators in the nation's worst cheating scandal.
Rep. Mitchell said the goal of the legislation is to ensure that educators who cheat are not "unjustly enriched, while their students are placed in peril."
He said the accused teachers would have an opportunity to defend themselves and dispute the charges before being forced to repay the bonus money.
The Georgia Federation of Teachers and the Georgia Association of Educators expressed support for the bill.