Ga. lawmakers pass bill revoking teacher bonuses

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students. Teachers would have to give up that money if the bill becomes law.

The legislation stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.


RiggaTony 3 years, 5 months ago

Is this legislation really necessary? Shouldn't teachers who have been found cheating be fired?


R 3 years, 5 months ago

It’s an avenue to recoup monies already paid - would have been handy in the case of the Atlanta superintendent.


micronmike 3 years, 5 months ago

What bonus was ever paid??? A law just to state you passed a law. Wasting everyone's time.


kevin 3 years, 5 months ago

How do you give a bonus to a bunch of lunatics that cheat? The whole school system should be stopping bonuses until the economy grows. When was the last time retired workers got a COLA increase?


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