Q and A: Did the administration think of the downside of dismissing teachers and principals?

Each day this week we will post one question and answer from last week’s SNAPPS town hall meeting between superintendent Davis and members of the community.

Question:  Did the administration think of the downside of dismissing teachers and principals?

Davis’ Answer:  “No one has been dismissed. People have been put on administrative leave. The CRCT investigation implicated 178 people. The report concluded that these people were directly involved in cheating or knew or should have known about it. The question I had to balance was a risk management question. I am hopeful that many will be exonerated. If so, I am hopeful that they will be welcomed back with open arms. However, there was cheating. And kids did not cheat. Adults did. When a school can go from being ranked 800 (or so) to #1 in the state, we’ve got a problem.

There are three processes at work: administrative hearings in APS, PSC process and the district attorney’s process. Things are not moving quickly because the criminal justice system wants to operate first. Until we work our way through that system, we will try to use those employees on administrative leave to the extent possible within their job description. But I had to made a judgment call. They will not be in the classroom.”

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