Friday, July 08, 2011

Public School Teachers and Principals Star In Huge Cheating Scandal

Heather Vogell reviews for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the outrageous cheating scandal uncovered in the Atlanta public schools. It's a frightening example of how liberal policies have not only dumbed down America's kids but also the depths of selfishness, deceit and abuse of taxpayer money which modern "educators" will plumb.

Across Atlanta Public Schools, staff worked feverishly in secret to transform testing failures into successes.

Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets.

Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.

Superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides ignored, buried, destroyed or altered complaints about misconduct, claimed ignorance of wrongdoing and accused naysayers of failing to believe in poor children’s ability to learn.

For years — as long as a decade — this was how the Atlanta school district produced gains on state curriculum tests. The scores soared so dramatically they brought national acclaim to Hall and the district, according to an investigative report released Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal.

In the report, the governor’s special investigators describe an enterprise where unethical — and potentially illegal — behavior pierced every level of the bureaucracy, allowing district staff to reap praise and sometimes bonuses by misleading the children, parents and community they served...

“APS is run like the mob,” one teacher told investigators, saying she cheated because she feared retaliation if she didn’t.

The voluminous report names 178 educators, including 38 principals, as participants in cheating. More than 80 confessed. The investigators said they confirmed cheating in 44 of 56 schools they examined...

Here's more. Note too that this story is getting very little national coverage. The mainstream media has covered up for our failing schools for decades and this story is just too doggone hot to deal with.