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Three Dozen Prominent Atlanta Educators Indicted in Cheating Scandal

Send your kids elsewhere. Really.


The former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools and nearly three dozen other administrators, teachers, principals and other educators were indicted Friday in one of the nation's largest cheating scandals.

Former Superintendent Beverly Hall faces charges including racketeering, false statements and theft. She retired just days before a state probe was released in 2011, and has previously denied the allegations. The indictment represents the first criminal charges in the investigation.

The previous state investigation in 2011 found cheating by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in, investigators said. Teachers who tried to report it faced retaliation, creating a culture of "fear and intimidation" in the district.

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  1. $7.5 million bail for the former superintendent. She’s facing 45 years too.

    1. Why does it bother you so much to see a Negro reap benefits of success?

      1. It doesn’t bother me at all?but it does bother me to see some vapid bean-counter reap the rewards of success by cheating. Don’t give a flying f*ck what color, tribe, race, or species it may be.

        1. Ahh! So it’s the cheating part that makes it wrong?

          1. The only upside of authoritarian governments is when a high level bureaucrat exceeds some acceptable level of incompetence/corruption the official is taken out and executed.This is the US equivalent.Our public schools will still suck but it is nice to see an example made of a particularly egregious offender.

  2. This stuff happened a long time ago, why dredge up ancient history? Things are completely different in Atlanta now; studies have been conducted, reports have been written, actions have been taken, procedures have been implemented. Move along, nothing to see here. Or are you some sort of racist Bush supporter?

    Oh, yeah, by the way, the poor teachers in Atlanta need more money if you expect them to do their jobs properly. Or do you hate the children also?

    1. Jerry, facetiousnes is sooooo hard to pull off in these forums.

  3. 80% of Atlanta’s public school students are black.
    54% of Atlanta’s residents are black.
    A majority of Atlanta’s school teachers and administrators are black.

    Is failure inevitable in black controlled institutions?

    1. No. But failure is built into schools where politics ensure that students cannot be effectively disciplined, and where incompetent teachers cannot be fired.

      I think that if you looked at successful inner-city private schools (there are some, mirabile dictu!) you will find that there are many both run and catering to blacks.

  4. For decades the conviction has been growing in me that there is, in assorted public school systems, a child abuse scandal at least as big as that plaguing the Catholic Church. I have scant evidence, but I see story after story indicating that teachers in public schools are not held accountable, and that problems get swept under the rug. Does anyone else get this feeling?

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