Teacher retires, disputes APS report

9:37 PM, Jul 21, 2011   |    comments
Dr. Davis sent this letter to 178 educators implicated in the APS cheating investigation, telling them to resign or face termination.
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ATLANTA -- Beverly Shanks retired from her job at Grove Park Elementary this week after more than 40 years as an educator. A state report said she was among the many others Atlanta teachers who confessed to cheating on the 2009 CRCT.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Atlanta Public Schools CRCT Investigation

Shanks said in her years as a teacher she never has cheated.

According to the state report, Shanks coached her students a week before the exam that if they had a wrong answer, she would tell them to check their answers.  The report said, "during the test if she noticed an incorrect answer on a student's answer sheet, she would look away from the student and tell the class they needed to check their answers".

REPORT: Read the Governor's Special Investigator's Report

Investigators said in the report that Shanks never directly told students to change answers, but because of her constant reminders to check answers, "she believed it would explain the high number of wrong-to-right erasures in her class".

Shanks disputed the report, even pointing out she had always been a third grade teacher, never a fifth grade teacher.

When asked why she chose to retire instead of fight the case, Shanks said she did not have the money to hire an attorney. She since has.

Shanks is one of more than 30 educators to resign or retire after Interim Superintendent Errol Davis called for the removal of 178 educators implicated in the wide-ranging state report.

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