She won’t officially start work until next week but the new DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent is already under a cloud of suspicion.Here is what the commission found specifically.
New hire Dr. Kathy Augustine comes to DeSoto from the Atlanta, Georgia school system.
Earlier this week the Georgia Governor’s office issued a report naming Augustine as one of the school administrators suspected of giving investigators false information in their probe of massive test cheating.
Dr. Augustine had a legal and ethical duty not to falsify, misrepresent, omit or erroneously report information submitted to governmental agencies. We conclude that Dr. Augustine violated this by duty by intentionally causing a letter containing false information to be transmitted to the state. Specifically, Dr. Augustine caused and allowed a letter to be transmitted to the state indicating that the investigation into allegations of cheating at Deerwood Academy was complete and that no evidence of cheating had been found.Yeah, other then the part about the teachers sitting in the break room changing answers on the test while other teachers were surprised to discover that students who had previously been unable to read passed the CRCT test with flying colors. Of course, the principal making an occasional visit to the break room to get a candy bar and check up on their progress wasn't suspicious in the least.
We conclude that Dr. Augustine either knew or should have known cheating and other misconduct was occurring in schools in the APS system.
Finally, when questioned about the Deerwood Academy investigation and other matters, she made false statements.
The ball is in their court now. Let's see just how far that slogan "Don't Mess With Texas" goes.