FOX 5 has learned that six of the educators who face criminal charges in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal had already agreed to have their licenses suspended or revoked.
Former Gideons Elementary Principal Armstead Salters is one of six educators indicted on charges of criminal racketeering, but FOX 5 has learned Salters agreed to have his license revoked by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for test improprieties. The PSC says it received 185 complaints on various Atlanta educators, including Salters.
Dr. Paul Shaw is the director of Educator Ethics for the PSC. The state agency just deals with issuing licenses for educators.
Those implicated in the cheating scandal have three different areas to address. APS handled the jobs, the Standards Commission handled the licenses and Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard decided if they would face criminal charges.
In addition to Salters, the Standards Commission says former Dobbs teacher Dessa Curb, former Dunbar teacher Shani Robinson, former Dunbar teacher Pamela Cleveland, former Kennedy Middle Instructional coach Tameeka Goodson and former Parks teacher Starlette Mitchell all agreed to sanctions for cheating.
Mitchell's attorney, Gerald Griggs, explained the mixed message of agreeing to teacher sanctions but denying any criminal wrongdoing.
"I wanted to move forward with my life. I did not do anything wrong, but I didn't want to fight this at this level, but now when you have a criminal indictment facing you, you have to fight, and that's what she said," Griggs said.
Mitchell's attorney says his client is not guilty and he, along with former superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall and the 33 other defendants, vows to vigorously fight the racketeering charges.
The accused educators have agreed not to talk publicly about the case in exchange for Howard lowering their bonds.