Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating | Schools
ATLANTA -- A Senate committee has passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.
The Democratic-backed legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate education committee Monday. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.
Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.
The bill stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.
A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.