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Teachers may be handed pink slips following Atlanta cheating scandal
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011 15:41 PM

Following the cheating scandal that rocked a number of public schools across the country, teachers are starting to be held accountable for allegedly handing out the answers to standardized exams before they were administered. While some have argued that this is a result of the pressure that is put on teachers to boost student performance, schools are taking these allegations seriously.

However, before this major story broke there was another issue in Atlanta public schools. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that public schools in Atlanta, Georgia, are putting teacher contracts on hold while the investigation is underway. The schools have hired investigators to see if any cheating has actually taken place, following a high number of eraser marks found during the 2009 exams.

"We are not finding any correlation at all to anybody who might have talked to the special investigators," attorney Robert Highsmith told the news provider, "because we do not know who has talked to the special investigators."

The Associated Press reports that since the cheating scandal broke, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed met with lawmakers to ask for a possible takeover of the schools.