APS Ordered to Stop InvestigationTopic: School News
The Atlanta Public School board voted Monday night to put its investigations on hold into employee's actions related to the CRCT investigation.
This comes in response to a temporary restraining order issued by a Fulton County judge. The judge had ordered Atlanta public school officials to stop their internal investigation of a senior school official.
The restraining order came at the request of the governor's investigators in the CRCT cheating scandal. It specially told APS to stop investigating Tamara Cotman, an executive director who is responsible for more than two dozen middle elementary schools.
Cotman instructed the principals to put in writing how they would tell investigating GBI agents to "go to hell," according to a letter from a whistle-blower that was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. Cotman criticized the state investigation in a meeting with several of her principals last fall.
The filings also contain a notation that the state investigators based their claims on physical and electronic surveillance.
An Atlanta Public Schools spokesman e-mailed a response to the judge's ruling from Superintendent Beverly Hall saying: "the investigations into both claims against Ms. Cotman were temporarily suspended on Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011 pending resolution of who should investigate with the special investigators, and have not been resumed to date. Of course, we will honor the court's order, as well as continue to cooperate with the special investigation."