Atlanta Teacher Accused Of Helping Students Cheat Because They're “Dumb As Hell”
Shayla Smith, a fifth grade math teacher at Dobbs Elementary School in Atlanta, faced a three-person tribunal investigating claims that she doctored Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT).
The CRCT is administered at public schools in Georgia and is designed to measure the competency of first through eighth grade students.
Smith allegedly told another teacher that she had no choice in the matter. “The words were, ‘I had to give your kids, or your students, the answer because they're dumb as hell,'” Schajuan Jones, who taught in the classroom across from Smith, testified during the hearing earlier this week.
Tipped off by the influx of cheating among Atlanta Public School teachers, the committee was hired to investigate the claims and recommended that the school board fire Smith.
An eighth-grade student also testified that Smith gave her another shot at a state math exam two years ago, and helped other students. “She would walk around and tell people the answer. She would just come to our desks and read the question and say the answer,” revealed the student.
Roughly 180 teachers have been accused of helping students cheat. 17 educators have been fired in light of the cheating scandal, 16 have been reinstated, and more than 100 have resigned or retired.
Smith denies the allegation, and has called Jones a liar. She is also accused of changing students answers on tests.
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