Booker High School football coach suspended for ‘inappropriately administering remedial math course’

Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Booker High School football coach Dumaka Atkins has been suspended indefinitely as of Thursday.

A Sarasota Schools spokesperson said Atkins was suspended for inappropriately administering a remedial math course.

Atkins helped students who failed a class and needed to make up credit.

The spokesperson told News Channel 8 there were 37 students who received credit, but completed their coursework in an unrealistically short amount of time.

One of those students was a football player.

Atkins resigned from his teaching position in February.

Officials said one other teacher has resigned and two others are being investigated.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden issued this statement via spokeswoman:

The school district takes the integrity of our testing and coursework completion seriously. Based on the investigation conducted at Booker High School, the students who showed mastery of the content deserve to keep the credits earned as part of the performance-based credit recovery program. The school district contracted with an independent, outside evaluator and is conducting an assessment of the program to ensure best practices are in place to properly implement this program going forward. It is unfortunate that three of our instructors provided a poor example to our students and some of those students received credits they did not earn.

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