Enough with the laziness already! When you have to help your students cheat on tests, maybe it’s time for you to find another career!
Atlanta math teacher Shayla Smith allegedly thought students were so “dumb” that they needed her help during testing.
The former 5th-grade teacher at southwest Atlanta’s Dobbs Elementary School denied it, but a tribunal apparently believed that allegation and others and recommended her termination Monday.
Data on test erasures likely undermined Smith. The testimony of a student who claimed to witness her cheating and of a fellow teacher who said she overheard Smith admit to cheating couldn’t have helped her either.
The teacher, Schajuan Jones, taught 4th grade across the hall from Smith, and said she overheared Smith talking in the hallway with a teacher whose students she had overseen during testing.
“The words were, ‘I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they’re dumb as hell,’” Jones said.
Smith was one of roughly 180 Atlanta Public Schools educators who were accused of cheating after a state investigation triggered by reports in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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