Douglas Co. DA launches his probe of Atlanta CRCT cheating

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Douglas County DA David McDade

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Even if they may not be able to bring criminal charges against any of them, the Douglas County District Attorney's Office was to begin interviewing five Atlanta public school employees on Monday.

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All five supposedly took part in a "changing party" at the Douglas County home of teacher Bernadine Macon, during which they allegedly erased and corrected student answers on CRCT standardized achievement tests.

All were employees of Atlanta's Gideons Elementary School and were named in a massive state investigation into a scandal that supposedly found evidence of cheating at 44 out of 56 Atlanta City Schools.

Those who allegedly took part in the "changing party" at Macon's home included teachers Oliver Banks, Daisey Bowser, Veronica Jordan and paraprofessional Michael Walker.

According to the report, all five admitted changing test answers.

Douglas County District Attorney David McDade wouldn't comment on his investigation Monday, but last week told 11Alive News he may not be able to charge any of the five since they may have been granted immunity by state investigators in exchange for their admissions.

But McDade said those five might lead him to allegations against their supervisors and superiors.

Gideons Principal Armstead Salters admitted knowing about others cheating, according to the report, but denied taking part himself or ordering anyone else to do it.

Some of the teachers say he orchestrated the cheating and even told them to lie to GBI investigators saying, "If anyone asks you anything about this just tell them you don't know; you did not; stick with it."

According to the state report, the school's Testing Coordinator, Sheridan Rogers, admitted giving test booklets and answer sheets to teachers after Principal Salters instructed her to do so.

What's not clear is whether McDade could bring any criminal charges against those superiors if they did not participate in the Douglas County sessions.

McDade and others have emphasized that the investigation has nothing to do with the Douglas County School System.

His office is only involved because the Atlanta teachers allegedly carried out cheating sessions at a private home in his jurisdiction.

Even if they don't face any criminal charges, many teachers named in the report have now been told by Atlanta Public Schools to either resign or face being fired by Wednesday.

They could also face the possibility of losing their state teaching certificates.

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