Educators removed after cheating probe still paid

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta Public Schools official acknowledged the district has continued to pay the six-figure salaries of four area superintendents who were removed after a state investigation found widespread cheating in the system.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the district has continued to pay more than $550,000 in combined annual salaries for them. Authorities say their contracts went into effect July 1 - four days before the state released its report detailing widespread cheating

Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis stripped the four - Sharon Davis-Williams, Michael Pitts, Robin Hall and Tamara Cotman - of their duties July 11. A district spokesman confirmed Monday they're on administrative leave with no loss of compensation.

Atlanta's school cheating scandal is the nation's largest, with 178 educators named in the investigation that revealed widespread improprieties on standardized tests.

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