Shawnna Hayes-Tavares, a mother of three Atlanta public school students, speaks to reporters at a news conference in Atlanta, Wdnesday July 213, 2011. Two of her children schools identified a state investigation in cheating on a standardized test. A new state report reveals how far some Atlanta public schools went to raise test scores in the nation’s largest-ever cheating scandal. The scandal first came to light two years ago. Now, investigators have concluded that nearly half the city’s schools allowed cheating to go unchecked for as long as a decade, beginning in 2001. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATLANTA (AP) — Records show that educators at several Atlanta schools named in Georgia's investigation of cheating on state tests received thousands of dollars in bonus money tied to high test scores. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports
that about $500,000 in bonus money was paid to educators at 13 schools implicated in the state investigation since January 2009.
Investigators released a scathing report in early July that named more than 170 educators, including several administrators, in Atlanta Public Schools.
The Journal-Constitution, citing records obtained by the newspaper and WSB-TV, reports that the payouts varied, with some schools receiving bonuses for every employee, from bus drivers to the principal. State investigators say the bonuses ranged from $50 to $2,000 per person, depending on how well they met target scores on the state tests.