Atlanta Public Schools: Biggest Cheating Scandal In U.S. History
Widespread cheating throughout the majority-black school system (79% Black and 12% white, and 80% of the students are eligible for free lunches) by teachers, administrators, principles, and superintendents to change test answers on state-wide standardized tests to ensure that the black kids in their schools got grades they didn’t earn or deserve. Which meant that those involved in the cheating were rewarded, too.
Drudge is reporting that teachers actually held cheating “parties,” where they would sip wine and giggle while wearing out their erasers changing black students’ answers on tests.
Very little news coverage of this story in the MSM. Why? Well, because it goes against their narrative of painting a negative picture of blacks behaving badly. Thankfully, some journalist like Paul Kersey at SBLDL is all over it (if you visit his site, hit his tip jar if you can, as his honest reporting has caused him some personal and professional set backs).
Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of InvestigationUS history. that names 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed – in what’s likely the biggest cheating scandal in
This appears to be the largest of dozens of major cheating scandals, unearthed across the country. The allegations point an ongoing problem for US education, which has developed an ever-increasing dependence on standardized tests.
The report on the Atlanta Public Schools, released Tuesday, indicates a “widespread” conspiracy by teachers, principals and administrators to fix answers on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), punish whistle-blowers, and hide improprieties.
It “confirms our worst fears,” says Mayor Kasim Reed. “There is no doubt that systemic cheating occurred on a widespread basis in the school system.” The news is “absolutely devastating,” said Brenda Muhammad, chairwoman of the Atlanta school board. “It’s our children. You just don’t cheat children.”
On its face, the investigation tarnishes the 12-year tenure of Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was named US Superintendent of the Year in 2009 largely because of the school system’s reported gains – especially in inner-city schools. She has not been directly implicated, but investigators said she likely knew, or should have known, what was going on. In her farewell address to teachers in June, Hall for the first time acknowledged wrongdoing in the district, but blamed other administrators.
And in case you think the problem of actually teaching these kids to read, write, and do arithmetic is a matter of throwing more money at the teachers and school districts, well…1) you are likely a Liberal, as this is always your answer, and 2) the per-pupil expenditures for APS students is $12,090, which is is 30 percent more than most other counties in Georgia spend.
Is it any wonder why black leaders decided to hold their own “black-only” spelling-bee? It seems that at every level black leaders and teachers have admitted that black kids cannot compete with white, Asian, or Hispanic children in academics. Well, at least not without cheating.
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