Monday, April 6, 2015

Atlanta Public Schools Teachers Taken Away in Handcuffs for Cheating

The investigation found that Beverly Hall, pictured above,
'created a culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation' during
her time as Superintendent.  She passed away before
standing trial for her role in the largest cheating scandal
in American education history.
Highlights of the April 1, 2015 verdicts in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal:


  • Eleven educators face up to 20 years in prison for inflating their students' test scores to get bonus money for their schools . . . and for themselves.
  • The 11 teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering after a five-year investigation and six month long trial.
  • Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools across the Atlanta school system, with nearly 180 educators involved. 
  • A racketeering charge could carry up to 20 years in prison and most of the defendants will be sentenced on April 8.
  • The cheating came to light after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2008 that some students' scores were statistically improbable.
  • Prosecutors said the educators were guaranteed bonuses by inflating scores, while improving the poor reputation of their school system .
  • Superintendent Beverly Hall, the alleged ringleader who received up to $500,000 in payouts, died of breast cancer as the scandal went to trial.
  • One principal would wear gloves to erase answers and write in new ones


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3021915/11-Atlanta-educators-convicted-test-cheating-scandal.html#ixzz3WA2Roc9T

CNN also has in-depth coverage here:  http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/01/us/atlanta-schools-cheating-scandal/