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1 Georgia Professional Standards Commission Code of Ethics Presentation for RESA

2 Gary Walker 2

3 New and Improved Gary Walker 3

4 Old News Abandonment of Contracts Abandonment of Contracts Confidential Information Confidential Information Remuneration of Funds Remuneration of Funds 4

5 Routine News Testing is a huge issue Testing is a huge issue Inappropriate relationships with students is a great concern Inappropriate relationships with students is a great concern Honesty infractions are on the rise Honesty infractions are on the rise Mandated reporting is required Mandated reporting is required 5

6 Georgia Not Only State With Questionable Test Scores 6

7 Nationwide Problem Over 196 of the largest 3,125 school systems in the United States has suspect test score improvement Over 196 of the largest 3,125 school systems in the United States has suspect test score improvement Odds of obtaining these reported results by chance alone is over 1000 to 1 Odds of obtaining these reported results by chance alone is over 1000 to 1 In 33 of these school systems, the odds were worse than 1,000,000 to 1 In 33 of these school systems, the odds were worse than 1,000,000 to 1 7

8 Testing United States spends $760,000,000 a year on testing required by NCLB United States spends $760,000,000 a year on testing required by NCLB States are left to their own in monitoring the testing States are left to their own in monitoring the testing Most states do not have resources to conduct investigations of this magnitude Most states do not have resources to conduct investigations of this magnitude One graduate student, in her dissertation, surveyed teachers in her state and found that 50% of teachers either had cheated or knew a colleague who had cheated One graduate student, in her dissertation, surveyed teachers in her state and found that 50% of teachers either had cheated or knew a colleague who had cheated 8

9 New We have moved! Twin Towers-West 200 Piedmont Avenue-Suite 1702 We have moved! Twin Towers-West 200 Piedmont Avenue-Suite 1702 Three new commissioners began in September-Scott Justus (Hall County), Kami Luigs (GE), Sheryl Stalvey (Colquitt County). Three new commissioners began in September-Scott Justus (Hall County), Kami Luigs (GE), Sheryl Stalvey (Colquitt County). School Systems are aware of Code of Ethics-in the last 4 years only 5 school systems have not reported a violation School Systems are aware of Code of Ethics-in the last 4 years only 5 school systems have not reported a violation 9

10 New (contd) Unsatisfactory Evaluation-required reporting and superintendent signs off on assurance form-due no later than June 15 of each year Unsatisfactory Evaluation-required reporting and superintendent signs off on assurance form-due no later than June 15 of each year Technology Baiting, Sexting, and Access Technology Baiting, Sexting, and Access Task Force Initiative Task Force Initiative 10

11 New (contd) Clearance Certificates People holding a Clearance Certificate: 56,434 People who hold only a Clearance Certificate: 29 Are Charter schools in compliance with O.C.G.A ?

12 Professional Standards Commission and Clearance Certificates - Present 218 Approved Charter schools 92% of Georgia students attend the public schools of Georgia - 1,673,740 students Private Schools - 107,509 students Home School - 42,474 students

13 Gary Walker 13

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15 Information and Data 15

16 Status of APS Cases 185 educators were reported to the PSC 185 educators were reported to the PSC 144 case summaries have been presented to the PSC for probable cause determination 144 case summaries have been presented to the PSC for probable cause determination 41 cases are still under investigation 41 cases are still under investigation 13 will go to Commission this month 13 will go to Commission this month The PSC is waiting for the Fulton County DA to release their investigative files The PSC is waiting for the Fulton County DA to release their investigative files

17 Status of Dougherty County Cases The PSC has received approximately 47 cases from the Governors Special Investigators The PSC has received approximately 47 cases from the Governors Special Investigators The PSC voted to investigate the allegations at the September meeting. The PSC voted to investigate the allegations at the September meeting. The staff is working to present the Dougherty Co. cases to the PSC in January and February The staff is working to present the Dougherty Co. cases to the PSC in January and February

18 Probable Cause Results Year Denied Revoked Voluntary Total Surrender Year Denied Revoked Voluntary Total Surrender FY FY FY FY FY FY FY FY FY FY FY FY

19 January, 2012-January, 2013 Legal compliance-48 Legal compliance-48 Conduct with Students-52 Conduct with Students-52 Alcohol and Drugs-21 Alcohol and Drugs-21 Honesty-62 Honesty-62 Public Funds and Property-23 Public Funds and Property-23 Remunerative Conduct-1 Remunerative Conduct-1 Confidential Information-0 Confidential Information-0 19

20 Sanctions Abandonment of Contract-2 Abandonment of Contract-2 Required Reports-13 Required Reports-13 Professional Conduct-31 Professional Conduct-31 Testing-195 Testing-195 Total-448 Total

21 Sanction Should a certificate be revoked, it is the responsibility of the Superintendent that the Educator not be allowed on a school campus or work with students for the duration of the sanction. Should a certificate be revoked, it is the responsibility of the Superintendent that the Educator not be allowed on a school campus or work with students for the duration of the sanction. 21

22 West Georgia RESA FY 2011 Carroll County-6 Carroll County-6 Carrollton City-0 Carrollton City-0 Coweta County-5 Coweta County-5 Harris County-3 Harris County-3 Heard County-0 Heard County-0 Meriwether County-9 Meriwether County-9 Troup County-8 Troup County-8 Total-31 Total-31 RESAs avg-61 RESAs avg-61 FY 2012 Carroll County-3 Carroll County-3 Carrollton City-6 Carrollton City-6 Coweta County-10 Coweta County-10 Harris County-2 Harris County-2 Heard County-2 Heard County-2 Meriwether County-2 Meriwether County-2 Troup County-5 Troup County-5 Total-30 Total-30 RESAs avg-64 RESAs avg-64

23 Regional Ethics Case Rates RESA2011 Cases2011 # Certified Educators per Case 2012 Cases2012 # Certified Educators per Case CSRA Chatt-Flint Coastal Plains First District Griffin Heart of Georgia92049 Metro Middle Georgia North Georgia Northeast Georgia Northwest Georgia Oconee Okefenokee Pioneer Southwest Georgia West Georgia State Totals/Average 974 / / Number of Certified Educators based on 2011 System Report Card, Georgia Department of Education

24 Gary Walker 24

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26 Interesting Cases 26

27 Standard # 1-Legal Compliance School system reported that an educator had been arrested for Forgery/Obtaining Dangerous Drugs by Fraud. School system reported that an educator had been arrested for Forgery/Obtaining Dangerous Drugs by Fraud. Upon investigation, it was noted that the educator had been arrested 3 times during the last 9 months on similar charges and admitted to having an addiction. Upon investigation, it was noted that the educator had been arrested 3 times during the last 9 months on similar charges and admitted to having an addiction. 27

28 Standard # 2-Conduct with Students The Educator was arrested and charged with a criminal offense-cruelty to children. The Educator was arrested and charged with a criminal offense-cruelty to children. The charge was dismissed in exchange for the educators testimony against her spouse. The charge was dismissed in exchange for the educators testimony against her spouse. 28

29 Standard #2-Conduct with Students Two school system employees reported that the educator admitted to them that he engaged in sexual activity with a female student while he was her coach. Two school system employees reported that the educator admitted to them that he engaged in sexual activity with a female student while he was her coach. System investigated System investigated Educator resigned Educator resigned 29

30 Conduct with Students The Educator began an inappropriate relationship with a student during the school year and continued after graduation The Educator began an inappropriate relationship with a student during the school year and continued after graduation Student moved in with Educator Student moved in with Educator He said nothing physical happened until after graduation-student said otherwise. Eventually she moved out. He said nothing physical happened until after graduation-student said otherwise. Eventually she moved out. Educator admitted to currently dating another student but said it was ok since he was no longer a teacher. Educator admitted to currently dating another student but said it was ok since he was no longer a teacher. 30

31 Standard # 3-Alcohol and Drugs Educator was behaving in an unusual manner and smelled of alcohol. Educator was behaving in an unusual manner and smelled of alcohol. Teacher reported suspicion to principal Teacher reported suspicion to principal Educator admitted to consuming approximately 6 beers between 5:00 a. m. and 7:00 a.m. Educator admitted to consuming approximately 6 beers between 5:00 a. m. and 7:00 a.m. He said he was drinking because it was just Field Day He said he was drinking because it was just Field Day 31

32 Standard # 5-Public Funds and Property Educator used school computer to access and store inappropriate material Educator used school computer to access and store inappropriate material Students observed at least one inappropriate image Students observed at least one inappropriate image Educator said he had an addiction to pornography. Educator said he had an addiction to pornography. 32

33 Contact information Paul A. Shaw Paul A. Shaw

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