4 Old News Abandonment of Contracts Confidential Information Remuneration of Funds
5 Routine News Testing is a huge issue Inappropriate relationships with students is a great concernHonesty infractions are on the riseMandated reporting is required
6 Georgia Not Only State With Questionable Test Scores
7 Nationwide ProblemOver 196 of the largest 3,125 school systems in the United States has suspect test score improvementOdds of obtaining these reported results by chance alone is over 1000 to 1In 33 of these school systems, the odds were worse than 1,000,000 to 1
8 TestingUnited States spends $760,000,000 a year on testing required by NCLBStates are left to their own in monitoring the testingMost states do not have resources to conduct investigations of this magnitudeOne 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
9 New 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).School Systems are aware of Code of Ethics-in the last 4 years only 5 school systems have not reported a violation
10 New (cont’d)Unsatisfactory Evaluation-required reporting and superintendent signs off on assurance form-due no later than June 15 of each yearTechnology Baiting, Sexting, and AccessTask Force Initiative
11 New (cont’d)Clearance CertificatesPeople holding a Clearance Certificate: 56,434People who hold only a Clearance Certificate: 29Are Charter schools in compliance with O.C.G.A ?
12 Professional Standards Commission and Clearance Certificates - Present 218 Approved Charter schools92% of Georgia students attend the public schools of Georgia - 1,673,740 studentsPrivate Schools - 107,509 studentsHome School - 42,474 students
16 Status of APS Cases 185 educators were reported to the PSC 144 case summaries have been presented to the PSC for probable cause determination41 cases are still under investigation13 will go to Commission this monthThe 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 Governor’s Special InvestigatorsThe 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
18 Probable Cause Results Year Denied Revoked Voluntary Total SurrenderFYFYFYFYFYFYFYFYFYFYFYFY
19 January, 2012-January, 2013 Legal compliance-48 Conduct with Students-52Alcohol and Drugs-21Honesty-62Public Funds and Property-23Remunerative Conduct-1Confidential Information-0
20 Sanctions Abandonment of Contract-2 Required Reports-13 Professional Conduct-31Testing-195Total-448
21 SanctionShould 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.
23 Regional Ethics Case Rates RESA2011 Cases2011 # Certified Educators per Case2012 Cases2012 # Certified Educators per CaseCSRA3417835173Chatt-Flint63725188Coastal Plains32134123First District7114650207Griffin5664128Heart of Georgia9204Metro426120505101Middle Georgia5510347North Georgia2325521279Northeast Georgia2921440155Northwest Georgia44203190Oconee14912453Okefenokee12184Pioneer15377270Southwest Georgia5876130West Georgia3116230167State Totals/Average974 / 611321025 / 64129Number of Certified Educators based on 2011 System Report Card, Georgia Department of Education
27 Standard # 1-Legal Compliance 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.
28 Standard # 2-Conduct with Students The Educator was arrested and charged with a criminal offense-cruelty to children.The charge was dismissed in exchange for the educator’s testimony against her spouse.
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.System investigatedEducator resigned
30 Conduct with StudentsThe Educator began an inappropriate relationship with a student during the school year and continued after graduationStudent moved in with EducatorHe 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.
31 Standard # 3-Alcohol and Drugs Educator was behaving in an unusual manner and smelled of alcohol.Teacher reported suspicion to principalEducator 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
32 Standard # 5-Public Funds and Property Educator used school computer to access and store inappropriate materialStudents observed at least one inappropriate imageEducator said he had an addiction to pornography.