Math teacher Shayla Smith allegedly had a simple reason why she helped her 5th grade students at southwest Atlanta’s Dobbs Elementary School cheat.
Or at least that’s the testimony of a fellow teacher.
Schajuan Jones taught fourth graders across the hall. She told an Atlanta Public Schools tribunal that she overheard Smith admit to the cheating.
“The words were, ‘I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they’re dumb as hell,’” said Jones.
“She’s a liar,” said Smith, but the tribunal doesn’t believe her. They’ve recommended Monday that Smith be fired.
The tribunal is listening to testimony of cheating in 2010. A year later, state analysis found an impossibly high number of answer changes from wrong to right in tests proctored by Smith.
A student, now in the 8th grade, also told the tribunal that Smith gave her and other students the answers on a math test during summer re-testing in 2010.
Jones admitted during cross examination that she didn’t report Smith’s rationale because she was worried about be punished by the principal. She also acknowledged the two teachers don’t get along.
If the school board fires Smith, she will be the 17th to be terminated by a tribunal because of the cheating scandal. 110 of the nearly 180 educators named in the station investigation have quit or retired. 16 named educators have been reinstated. There are 21 more tribunals to go.