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1 Georgia Professional Standards Commission Code of Ethics Presentation First District RESA

2 Gary Walker 2

3 New and Improved Gary Walker 3

4 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

5 Sanctions-Feb March 2012 Legal compliance-26 Legal compliance-26 Conduct with Students-90 Conduct with Students-90 Alcohol and Drugs-39 Alcohol and Drugs-39 Honesty-45 Honesty-45 Public Funds and Property-33 Public Funds and Property-33 Remunerative Conduct-2 Remunerative Conduct-2 Confidential Information-2 Confidential Information-2 5

6 Sanctions Abandonment of Contract-7 Abandonment of Contract-7 Required Reports-15 Required Reports-15 Professional Conduct-47 Professional Conduct-47 Testing-92 Testing-92 Total-398 Total-398 6

7 Most Frequent Violations in 2011 Testing-87 sanctions Testing-87 sanctions Inappropriate Relations with Students-85 sanctions Inappropriate Relations with Students-85 sanctions Honesty-44 sanctions Honesty-44 sanctions Professional Conduct-42 sanctions Professional Conduct-42 sanctions 7

8 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. 8

9 Testing PSC has not endorsed any testing guidelines PSC has not endorsed any testing guidelines GADOE establishes guidelines and sets parameters GADOE establishes guidelines and sets parameters PSC reviews complaints and issues sanctions based on the evidence and individual set of circumstances PSC reviews complaints and issues sanctions based on the evidence and individual set of circumstances 9

10 APS 182 cases have been submitted to PSC 182 cases have been submitted to PSC 83 cases in which sanctions have been issued to the Educator’s certificate 83 cases in which sanctions have been issued to the Educator’s certificate 67 sanctions were administered at April 12 meeting of the Commission 67 sanctions were administered at April 12 meeting of the Commission 99 cases awaiting investigation and review by the Commission 99 cases awaiting investigation and review by the Commission 10

11 Special Investigators Bowers, Wilson, and Hyde Organized and systematic wrong doing Organized and systematic wrong doing Culture of fear and conspiracy of silence Culture of fear and conspiracy of silence Pattern of interference by top APS leadership in attempt to gather evidence Pattern of interference by top APS leadership in attempt to gather evidence 11

12 WTR Erasures-Standard Deviations 3 standard deviations-1 in standard deviations-1 in standard deviations-1 in 15,788 4 standard deviations-1 in 15,788 5 standard deviations-1 in 1,774,278 5 standard deviations-1 in 1,774,278 6 standard deviations-1 in 560,800,000 6 standard deviations-1 in 560,800,000 7 standard deviations-1 in 390,600,000,000 7 standard deviations-1 in 390,600,000,000 Many individual classes had Standard Deviations ranging from the 20’s to the 50’s Many individual classes had Standard Deviations ranging from the 20’s to the 50’s 12

13 All Georgia Schools Grouped into Four Categories Clear of Concern-80% of all schools Clear of Concern-80% of all schools Minimal Concern-10% of all schools Minimal Concern-10% of all schools Moderate Concern-6% of all schools Moderate Concern-6% of all schools Severe Concern-4% of all schools Severe Concern-4% of all schools APS- 51% of middle and elementary schools were in the severe concern APS- 51% of middle and elementary schools were in the severe concern 13

14 Probability Virtually impossible for so many WTR erasures to occur without human intervention Virtually impossible for so many WTR erasures to occur without human intervention It is more likely that the Ga. Dome is filled to capacity with all over seven feet tall It is more likely that the Ga. Dome is filled to capacity with all over seven feet tall or if you flip two coins simultaneously and they land on edge, perfectly balanced, one on top of the other three times in a row. or if you flip two coins simultaneously and they land on edge, perfectly balanced, one on top of the other three times in a row. Amazingly, in some classrooms, these odds occurred not in one subject but in English/LA, Math, and Reading Amazingly, in some classrooms, these odds occurred not in one subject but in English/LA, Math, and Reading 14

15 Verification of the Erasure Analysis Retained expert to review analysis Retained expert to review analysis Inspected CTB McGraw-Hill facility and interviewed staff Inspected CTB McGraw-Hill facility and interviewed staff Observed answer document scanning process Observed answer document scanning process Compared results of erasure analysis to reanalysis of selected and random test documents Compared results of erasure analysis to reanalysis of selected and random test documents Manually reviewed thousands of answer sheets and compared to original analysis Manually reviewed thousands of answer sheets and compared to original analysis 15

16 PSC requirements Not a criminal law court Not a criminal law court Our duty-preponderance of evidence-is it more likely it happened than didn’t happen? Our duty-preponderance of evidence-is it more likely it happened than didn’t happen? Look for something that links the Educator to the cheating Look for something that links the Educator to the cheating 16

17 Major Testing Violations Breach of Test Security Breach of Test Security Fail to provide or attend training Fail to provide or attend training Fail to follow directions specified in the manual Fail to follow directions specified in the manual Coach, prompt, alter or provide answers to students during the test Coach, prompt, alter or provide answers to students during the test Interpret, explain, or paraphrase test items Interpret, explain, or paraphrase test items Copy or take notes on test items Copy or take notes on test items 17

18 Standard #11-Testing Cases Educator administered 2011 CRCT-16 out of 20 students indicated the teacher verbally or physically assisted them with answering questions Educator administered 2011 CRCT-16 out of 20 students indicated the teacher verbally or physically assisted them with answering questions Educator admits she falsified student work and assisted in staging pictures for the GAA portfolio Educator admits she falsified student work and assisted in staging pictures for the GAA portfolio Educator (principal) did not properly supervise the test coordinator. The test coordinator allowed extra time to complete portions of the CRCT Educator (principal) did not properly supervise the test coordinator. The test coordinator allowed extra time to complete portions of the CRCT 18

19 TESTING Educator administered the EOCT to her ESOL math class students and the students reported that others talked, played music, and called out answers during the test. Educator administered the EOCT to her ESOL math class students and the students reported that others talked, played music, and called out answers during the test. 19

20 Superintendent’s Role Superintendent has ultimate responsibility and accountability for all testing activities within the local school system Superintendent has ultimate responsibility and accountability for all testing activities within the local school system Develops local policies and procedures based on Georgia Department of Education guidelines and test publisher’s direction to maintain test security Develops local policies and procedures based on Georgia Department of Education guidelines and test publisher’s direction to maintain test security Supervises and monitors Principals to ensure they fulfill their specific roles and responsibilities for the administration of tests Supervises and monitors Principals to ensure they fulfill their specific roles and responsibilities for the administration of tests 20

21 Superintendent’s Role Ensures all personnel involved with testing receive training on appropriate test administration, policies, and procedures including accommodations for each assessment given Ensures all personnel involved with testing receive training on appropriate test administration, policies, and procedures including accommodations for each assessment given Informs the local BOE, state coordinator, and the Professional Standards Commission of any breach of security by employees of the system Informs the local BOE, state coordinator, and the Professional Standards Commission of any breach of security by employees of the system 21

22 Principal’s Role Principal is ultimately responsible and accountable for all testing activities in the school Principal is ultimately responsible and accountable for all testing activities in the school Ensures test security within the building Ensures test security within the building Ensures distribution of test materials occurs immediately prior to testing Ensures distribution of test materials occurs immediately prior to testing Supervises all testing activities Supervises all testing activities Ensures all school personnel have been appropriately trained on test administration, procedures, and policies Ensures all school personnel have been appropriately trained on test administration, procedures, and policies 22

23 Principal’s Role Ensures that documented accommodations (IEP, IAP, TPC) have been given to only those students who appropriately need them Ensures that documented accommodations (IEP, IAP, TPC) have been given to only those students who appropriately need them Implements system and school testing policies and procedures to ensure all students are tested fairly and appropriately Implements system and school testing policies and procedures to ensure all students are tested fairly and appropriately Reports immediately any breach of security to the Superintendent Reports immediately any breach of security to the Superintendent 23

24 Board’s Role Provides resources to employees that enhance student learning Provides resources to employees that enhance student learning Asks about training provided to teacher’s regarding state testing Asks about training provided to teacher’s regarding state testing Strives for steady improvement Strives for steady improvement Studies data and the information it provides Studies data and the information it provides Looks for unreasonable student gains Looks for unreasonable student gains Looks for logical explanations for increased or decreased test scores Looks for logical explanations for increased or decreased test scores 24

25 Teacher’s Role Attend training Attend training Be familiar with examiner’s manual Be familiar with examiner’s manual Follow directions Follow directions Arrange seats to promote individual work Arrange seats to promote individual work Circulate about the classroom to prevent cheating and other violations Circulate about the classroom to prevent cheating and other violations Be familiar with allowable student accommodations Be familiar with allowable student accommodations Account for all testing materials Account for all testing materials 25

26 Gary Walker 26

27 I Can’t Sing So……

28 Sexual Misconduct Professional Relationship Boundary

29 Sexual Abuse of Students The Unforgivable Boundary Violation Sexual Abuse is defined as ANY sex act with a student!

30 Sexual Abuse of Students Revocation

31 Standard #2-Cases involving Conduct with Students The Educator admitted kissing a student on two separate occasions but denied having sex. A review of cellular phone records indicated the student and educator exchanged 4043 text messages in 82 days. The Educator resigned. The Educator admitted kissing a student on two separate occasions but denied having sex. A review of cellular phone records indicated the student and educator exchanged 4043 text messages in 82 days. The Educator resigned. An 18 year old student reported the educator initiated sex with him in her home. She admitted the inappropriate relationship. Law enforcement dropped charges when they realized student was 18. An 18 year old student reported the educator initiated sex with him in her home. She admitted the inappropriate relationship. Law enforcement dropped charges when they realized student was

32 Conduct With Students The Educator removed a disruptive student from another teacher’s classroom. A videotape of the incident revealed that the Educator forcefully threw the student down to the floor. The student sustained a chipped tooth and several loosened teeth. The Educator removed a disruptive student from another teacher’s classroom. A videotape of the incident revealed that the Educator forcefully threw the student down to the floor. The student sustained a chipped tooth and several loosened teeth. 32

33 Be Friendly, Not a Friend. Student Relationship Guidelines

34 Choose Appropriate Settings Student Relationship Guidelines

35 Social Networking Don’t accept students as friends and decline any student initiated social network friend requests. Student Relationship Guidelines Don’t post anything on a website that you would not post on the front door of the school.

36 Standard #4-Cases involving Honesty The Educator admits to having signed or initialed the names of other teachers and a parent’s name to the IEP. The Educator admitted a formal IEP meeting was never held. The Educator admits to having signed or initialed the names of other teachers and a parent’s name to the IEP. The Educator admitted a formal IEP meeting was never held. The Educator admitted to falsifying a letter of reference from a previous administrator and submitting it as part of an employment application The Educator admitted to falsifying a letter of reference from a previous administrator and submitting it as part of an employment application 36

37 Standard #10-Cases involving Professional Conduct Witnesses confirmed the fact that the Educator brought a stun gun to class to show to a teacher who had recently been robbed. He acknowledged that he discharged the gun in a kindergarten classroom. Witnesses confirmed the fact that the Educator brought a stun gun to class to show to a teacher who had recently been robbed. He acknowledged that he discharged the gun in a kindergarten classroom. 37

38 Professional Conduct The Educator admitted taking a photo of a kindergarten student in class engaging in behavior that appeared to be masturbation to show to a counselor since the student’s older sister had exhibited the same behavior last school year. The Educator showed the picture to his assistant, a special education teacher, and the nurse-but never to the counselor. He carried the photo on his phone for 5 weeks until ordered to remove by HRO The Educator admitted taking a photo of a kindergarten student in class engaging in behavior that appeared to be masturbation to show to a counselor since the student’s older sister had exhibited the same behavior last school year. The Educator showed the picture to his assistant, a special education teacher, and the nurse-but never to the counselor. He carried the photo on his phone for 5 weeks until ordered to remove by HRO 38

39 Standard#5 -Public Funds Misusing school-related funds Misusing school-related funds Co-mingling funds Co-mingling funds Using school property without approval of local board or authorized designee Using school property without approval of local board or authorized designee Using school property for personal gain Using school property for personal gain 39

40 Public Funds-Areas of Concern Booster Clubs using School System Tax ID versus separate Tax ID Booster Clubs using School System Tax ID versus separate Tax ID –Camps –Who files tax returns –Copy of tax returns on file –Public records School systems control Booster Clubs; Booster Clubs do not control School Systems School systems control Booster Clubs; Booster Clubs do not control School Systems 40

41 Cases involving Public Funds The Educator, a coach, ordered items for the team when there was not enough money in the booster club account and without authorization or a purchase order. When confronted, the Educator denied authorizing the purchase of the items The Educator, a coach, ordered items for the team when there was not enough money in the booster club account and without authorization or a purchase order. When confronted, the Educator denied authorizing the purchase of the items The Educator, a middle school band director, pawned a French horn belonging to the school system. Also, he provided false information during the course of the school system’s investigation The Educator, a middle school band director, pawned a French horn belonging to the school system. Also, he provided false information during the course of the school system’s investigation 41

42 Cases involving Public Funds The Educator admitted to opening and managing two booster club accounts. The Educator deposited booster club funds into a personal account. The Educator admitted to opening and managing two booster club accounts. The Educator deposited booster club funds into a personal account. Educators should not have access to Booster Club accounts Educators should not have access to Booster Club accounts 42

43 Standard #3 - Alcohol or Drugs An educator shall refrain from the use of alcohol or illegal or unauthorized drugs during the course of professional practice.

44 Standard 3: Alcohol or Drugs Possession= Possession of a CONTAINER of alcoholic beverage (not in the blood stream). Bottles, Cans, Etc.

45 Fortification The educator admits consuming two glasses of wine prior to attending a school talent show. Three teachers witnessed the educator's manifestations of intoxication. The educator had glassy red eyes, slightly slurred speech, generally giddy behavior and the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person. Suspended

46 Alcohol or Drugs A teacher had concerns about the educator’s “peculiar” behavior and suspected he was under the influence. The teacher did not report the concern until the end of the day when the educator had left to begin a 3-day weekend. The next week the educator claimed he had taken some OTC medicine for pain. NPC 46

47 Gary Walker 47

48 Quote The only reason some people are still alive is it is against the law to shoot them The only reason some people are still alive is it is against the law to shoot them 48

49 Standard #9 - Required Reports An educator shall file reports of a breach of one or more of the standards in the Code of Ethics for Educators, child abuse, or any other required report.

50 Mandated Reporting Child Abuse-24 hours to DFACS Child Abuse-24 hours to DFACS Student having weapon on school grounds or at a school function Student having weapon on school grounds or at a school function Student involved with a controlled substance Student involved with a controlled substance PSC-Up to 90 days for most violations but encouraged to file as soon as possible PSC-Up to 90 days for most violations but encouraged to file as soon as possible 50

51 Joe Paterno 51

52 Required Reports The Educator admitted to being informed by both a student and by the paraprofessional with whom the student was involved that they were having sexual encounters. The educator did not disclose this information to anyone until there was a law enforcement investigation. Revoked (criminal charges are pending against the educator) 52

53 Standard #10 - Professional Conduct An educator shall demonstrate conduct that follows generally recognized professional standards and preserves the dignity and integrity of the teaching profession.

54 Organized a betting pool with studentsOrganized a betting pool with students Called a student a “heifer” and her mother “stupid”Called a student a “heifer” and her mother “stupid” Gave extra credit to students who contributed to a fundraiserGave extra credit to students who contributed to a fundraiser Left class without permission via a windowLeft class without permission via a window Had two loaded guns in desk drawerHad two loaded guns in desk drawer Sexually harassed a colleagueSexually harassed a colleague Restrained a teacher and tried to kiss her against her willRestrained a teacher and tried to kiss her against her will Sexual interaction with colleague on school groundsSexual interaction with colleague on school grounds Professional Conduct Cases

55 Abandonment of Contract Guidelines No Probable Cause No Probable Cause –When educator submits a letter of resignation prior to June 1 for the upcoming school year or -The educator submits a letter of resignation with at least two weeks notice after June 1 for the following reasons 1)Documented personal or family health problem 2)Documented spousal transfer and relocation 3)Documented promotion within the field 55

56 Note The PSC will not impose a certification sanction, but it does not preclude a school system from seeking other remedies, civil or professional The PSC will not impose a certification sanction, but it does not preclude a school system from seeking other remedies, civil or professional 56

57 Disclaimer These are strictly guidelines. These are strictly guidelines. The PSC has the authority to investigate any complaint and issue a sanction based on the facts of an individual case. The PSC has the authority to investigate any complaint and issue a sanction based on the facts of an individual case. Decisions will be made based on the facts and circumstances presented Decisions will be made based on the facts and circumstances presented 57

58 90 Day Suspension The Educator makes no effort to fulfill the duties of his contract and leaves without and effort to assist with a smooth transition The Educator makes no effort to fulfill the duties of his contract and leaves without and effort to assist with a smooth transition System (BOE) terminates the educator or does not accept the resignation and documents notification (once a resignation is accepted the contract has been dissolved) System (BOE) terminates the educator or does not accept the resignation and documents notification (once a resignation is accepted the contract has been dissolved) Educator does not have a valid reason Educator does not have a valid reason 58

59 PSC Educators are expected to honor contracts. Educators are expected to honor contracts. School Systems are expected to make a reasonable effort to release educators from their contracts whenever possible. School Systems are expected to make a reasonable effort to release educators from their contracts whenever possible. The PSC is concerned with how either party’s conduct affects the students and will act in the best interest of the students The PSC is concerned with how either party’s conduct affects the students and will act in the best interest of the students 59

60 ADVICE Take testing seriously Take testing seriously Be friendly to the students—you are not their friend but their supervisor and role model Be friendly to the students—you are not their friend but their supervisor and role model Honesty and Integrity are important Honesty and Integrity are important Educators are held to higher standards Educators are held to higher standards Educators are mandated reporters if they are aware of violations of Code of Ethics Educators are mandated reporters if they are aware of violations of Code of Ethics 60

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