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Teacher certification agency to discuss cheating Atlanta educators

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The agency that certifies teachers in Georgia is expected to formally begin an investigation involving the 178 Atlanta educators named by state investigators as cheaters or participants to cheating.

On Wednesday, a committee of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission will make a recommendation to the full commission to launch the investigation.

On Thursday, the full council will make the final vote.

In July, the ethics director for the commission, Gary Walker, told CBS Atlanta News that typically, cheating teachers either have their teaching certificates suspended or revoked.

"I would anticipate there'll be quite a few revocations and many, many long term suspensions," Walker said.

Walker said that even though special investigators granted immunity to teachers who confessed, the immunity only applies to criminal prosecution. He said immunity won't help them when it comes to their teacher certification.

But what about the teachers who put up a wall of silence at some schools where no one confessed?

"One of the things we find is eventually somebody gets mad at somebody. And we have cases that come up two to three years after the fact," Walker said.

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