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Old 03-30-2013, 02:33 AM
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In what has been described as one of the largest cheating scandals to hit the nation's public education system, 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators were indicted Friday on charges of racketeering and corruption.

The indictment is the bookend to a story that was once touted as a model for the nation's school districts after the district's test scores dramatically improved in some of its toughest urban schools.
Among those indicted by a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury was Beverly Hall, the former schools superintendent who gained national recognition in 2009 for turning around Atlanta's school system.


"She was a full participant in that conspiracy," Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told reporters during a news conference announcing the charges.
"Without her, this conspiracy could not have taken place, particularly in the degree in which it took place."
The indictment follows a state investigation that was launched after a series of reports by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper found large, unexplained gains in test scores in some Atlanta schools.
A state review determined that some cheating had occurred in more than half of the district's elementary and middle schools. About 180 teachers were initially implicated in the scandal.
2011: Quit or be fired, educators implicated in Atlanta scandal told


Threats and intimidation
Hall has denied any role in the cheating scandal. In 2011, she told The New York Times that her subordinates had allowed the cheating to occur, but denied she was involved.
Hall resigned from her position in 2011 following the state investigation, which lambasted her leadership and found widespread cheating in dozens of Atlanta schools.


The alleged cheating is believed to date back to early 2001, according to the indictment, when standardized testing scores began to turn around in the 50,000-student school district.
For at least a period of four years, between 2005 and 2009, test answers were altered, fabricated and falsely certified, the indictment said.
Hall allegedly oversaw a system where threats and intimidation were used against teachers, it said.
"As a result, cheating became more and more prevalent," the indictment said.


By the time the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, as the standardized test is known, was administered in Atlanta Public Schools, "cheating was taking place in a majority of APS's 83 elementary and middle schools."


The allegations, the indictment said, are substantiated by the Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement analysis of erasures on standardized tests.
'Suspicious' test score gains
According to the indictment, Hall placed unreasonable goals on educators and "protected and rewarded those who achieved targets by cheating. It also alleges she fired principals who failed to achieve goals and "ignored suspicious" test score gains throughout the school system.
In 2009, Hall was named the National Superintendent of the Year by the Schools Superintendents Association, which at the time said her "leadership has turned Atlanta into a model of urban school reform."


But the indictment paints another picture of Hall, one of a superintendent with "a single-minded purpose, and that is to cheat," Howard told reporters.
"For example, teachers who reported other teachers who cheated were terminated, while teachers who were caught cheating were only suspended," the indictment alleges.
"The message from Beverly Hall was clear: There were to be no exceptions and no excuses for failure to meet targets."


At the heart of the conspiracy to cheat, the indictment said, was money.
"It is further part of the conspiracy and endeavor that targets achieved through cheating were used by Beverly Hall to obtain substantial performance bonuses," the indictment said.
It also alleges a number of others received performance bonuses based on test scores.


2011: Seven edcuators step down as scandal unfolds
Racketeering and conspiracy
Of the 65 counts in the indictment, Hall and 34 others were charged with one count of violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO.
In addition to racketeering, Hall also is charged with making false statements and writings and theft by taking.
If convicted on all counts, she could face a maximum of 45 years in prison.
Among those also indicted were four of Hall's executive administrators, six principals, two assistant principals, six testing coordinators, 14 teachers, a school improvement specialist and a school secretary.


These Atlanta Public Schools officials are among those named:
-- Millicent Few, director of human resources, is accused of participating in the conspiracy and making false statements during the investigation.
-- Tamara Cotman, a regional supervisor who oversaw dozens of Atlanta's schools, is accused of intimidating witnesses, including a principal and other staff, in an effort to hinder an investigation.
-- Sharon Davis-Williams, who also oversaw a region of Atlanta's schools.
-- Michael Pitts, who oversaw a region of Atlanta's schools, also is accused of intimidating witnesses, primarily staff at Parks Middle School, in an effort to hinder or delay an investigation.


-- Christopher Waller, principal at Parks Middle School in Atlanta, where at least four teachers are accused of conspiring to cheat on standardized tests, is also alleged to have pressured teachers to cheat as early as spring 2006.


-- Armstead Salters, principal of Gideons Elementary School, where at least four teachers say he allegedly pressured them into cheating.
Hall and the 34 others named in the indictment have been ordered to surrender to authorities by Tuesday, said Howard, the district attorney.




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Big stretch there....some people will screw over anyone in there path just to try and get ahead.
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Awful.....these scumbags are entrusted with our children's education and they do this? They all need to be made to live in poverty for the rest of their miserable existences.
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In agree it is a shame that those entrusted to teach put their personal interest ahead of the children. Unfortunately it is not surprising it happened here in Atlanta,especially when there were performance bonuses involved for raising test scores.If they are found guilty as charged I hope they spend many years in prison,especially Beverly Hall and those in supervisory positions.What a mess this has turned out to be.
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It's for the children "Teach" and "cheat", just rearrange the letters.

Beverly Hall, Schools Chief During Atlanta Cheating Scandal ...

She was taken to task for her car and driver, an Atlanta police officer on the school district payroll who made nearly $100,000 a year, including overtime. (“You can’t get around this system and do what’s asked of you if you are thinking about parking,” Dr. Hall said.)

Her bonuses were also questioned. In addition to a $273,156 annual salary, she made $581,860.82 in bonuses since she began in 1999. They stopped in 2009, Mr. Bromery said.
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Of course somehow it's Bush's fault
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Moved from Atlanta to Tampa a few years ago...lets just say there is alot of rampant reverse discrimination and nepotism in Atlanta politics and schools. This is the result of that...IMHO...
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Like I posted in the bildge, why don't they "teach" to bring the scores up. I was reminded that if you re-arrange the letters in "teach" you can spell "cheat".

Tell me it's all about the kids and not the "teachers" own self interests.
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Of course somehow it's Bush's fault
Damm straight "no kid left behind"
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Originally Posted by crboggs View Post
rampant discrimination
FIFY

I know exactly what you are saying but I will correct you in that discrimination is discrimination.
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Originally Posted by carribbean soul View Post
Damm straight "no kid left behind"

Now that this is going to probably get flushed anyway Obama has a similiar theme. "No kid left a dime".
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Damm straight "no kid left behind"
The lengths that some people continue to go to, to blame every nefarious behavior on GW never ceases to amaze me.

The scary thing is that I think most if the BDS crowd actually believes what they are saying.
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The lengths that some people continue to go to, to blame every nefarious behavior on GW never ceases to amaze me.

The scary thing is that I think most if the BDS crowd actually believes what they are saying.
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Moved from Atlanta to Tampa a few years ago...lets just say there is alot of rampant reverse discrimination and nepotism in Atlanta politics and schools. This is the result of that...IMHO...
It is the same throughout most of Atlanta. Dekalb county is on the east side of Atlanta and dealing with similar issues.The county school system is on the verge of losing their accreditation and gov. Deal recently fired six of the school board members in an effort to correct it.The proponents of the old board members claimed racism and that the governor had overstepped his bounds,so gov deal set up a meeting with them.It was ended abruptly by the governor after the board proponents made their case that it was entirely racially motivated and illegal for the governor to do,but not once did they mention the real issue which was the potential loss of county accreditation.It shows which side is solely focused on the issue of race.

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/...b-School-Board

Edit Atlanta references city of Atlanta and not metro Atlanta in general.

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Idiot LIBERAL TURD !!!
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It is the same throughout most of Atlanta. Dekalb county is on the east side of Atlanta and dealing with similar issues.The county is on the verge of losing their accreditation and gov. Deal recently fired six of the school board members in an effort to correct it.The proponents of the old board members claimed racism and that the governor had overstepped his bounds,so gov deal set up a meeting with them.It was ended abruptly by the governor after the board proponents made their case that it was entirely racially motivated and illegal for the governor to do,but not once did they mention the real issue which was the potential loss of county accreditation.It shows which side is solely focused on the issue of race.

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/...b-School-Board
It's happening all over the place.

Finally the scams and excuses are being exposed.
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It's happening all over the place.

Finally the scams and excuses are being exposed.


Yep

They will still blame George W
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It is the same throughout most of Atlanta. Dekalb county is on the east side of Atlanta and dealing with similar issues.The county school system is on the verge of losing their accreditation and gov. Deal recently fired six of the school board members in an effort to correct it.The proponents of the old board members claimed racism and that the governor had overstepped his bounds,so gov deal set up a meeting with them.It was ended abruptly by the governor after the board proponents made their case that it was entirely racially motivated and illegal for the governor to do,but not once did they mention the real issue which was the potential loss of county accreditation.It shows which side is solely focused on the issue of race.

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/...b-School-Board
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Fulton County Ga schools have a progressive Superintendent, no furlough days, and test scores are on the increase. I have one in the district, and have had good experiences.
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Parthery That is good to hear.What part of the Fulton co school system does your child attend?North or south? I would be curious to see how the schools in north Fulton compared to those in south Fulton. County.Obviously there have been many issues related to the racial and economic conditions between the two leading up to incorporation of new cities and threats of secession from north fulton county residents.
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Once again, our good old Public School System......

Said it once, will say it again and up till the day of my departure from this earth...........Your a lousy parent if your kid goes to school in this Countries Public School System........PERIOD!!!!!

Don't care about any of the following excuses either.

* Can't afford it......BS - live on less for your child's education!!!!!
* Our Public School are in the top 2% of the nation......So was Atlanta's

* No bus service....Change your hours at work so you can drop off/ another parent can pick-up.

The #1 reason this Country is so screwed up is due to our Public School system and the continued graduation of morons as students. They cant read, they cant write, they can't do math, they have no idea where Countries are located...let alone what a country is. It's beyond pathetic.
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