Two weeks after a group of Grace Snell Middle School educators resigned during a state and county cheating investigation, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission voted Thursday to take another step forward into finding culpability, according to a report.

The commission voted Thursday to move forward with an investigation after hearing complaints alleging violations that a teacher passed out formula sheets and allowed students to take notes on them prior to a standardized test.

Six educators that stepped down as a result of the investigation could receiving punishments ranging from a warning to having teaching licenses revoked.

At total of nine educators from Grace Snell stepped down, including the school’s principal. Darlene Brown was announced as the school’s principal earlier this month.

The county forwarded the case to the ethics commission in May, and associate superintendent Steve Flynt said in a letter to Grace Snell parents “there are possible ethics violations” stemming from the case.

The report said the investigation could take between two and three months.

FOX 5 Atlanta contributed to this report.

Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories in the county he grew up in.

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