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Eleven Atlanta educators lose licenses in cheating probe

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A state commission is yanking the teaching

licenses for eight teachers and three school administrators accused

in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission voted this afternoon on

the first batch of cases from a state probe that revealed

widespread cheating in nearly half of the district's 100 schools as

far back as 2001. The commission is expected to take up the rest of

the nearly 180 Atlanta cases by the end of the year.

The eight teachers sanctioned by the commission can reapply for

their licenses in two years, while the administrators' revocations

are permanent. They can appeal the commission's ruling.

The educators named in the investigation also could face

criminal charges. The state probe was made public in July after

nearly a year of investigation.

Dougherty County teachers and administrators also suspected of cheating will learn their fate in December.