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Massive Cheating by Principals/Teachers in Atlanta Public Schools

You’ve seen those reports about our students’ test scores improving, right?

I’ve seen them too and I was skeptical. Why? Because those reports simply went against everything else we know about our declining culture, standards, and our young people. As an example, a Marist Poll found that 1 of 4 Americans (26%) do not even know against which country the American Revolution was fought! Some of the countries mentioned were France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

So, it comes as no surprise to learn this morning of the massive cheating that’s been going on in the public school system of Atlanta, Georgia.

Beverly Hall was Atlanta’s schools superintendent during the cheating (photo credit: AJC.com)

Mark Strassman reports for CBS News, July 5, 2011, that 80% (or 44 out of 56) of the public schools in Atlanta were found to have cheated on tests — for the last 10 years. The cheating wasn’t done by students, but by 178 principals and teachers.

Dozens of educators erased wrong student answers on state standardized tests, and inserted the right ones. In all, investigators accused 38 principals of cheating and said 82 of the 178 educators they identified as part of the scandal confessed.

Potential whistle-blowers were bullied, or worse. At one Atlanta high school, former teacher Paul Landerman saw a teacher helping 50 students change test answers. He reported it. The next day, he says, he was fired because “The greatest value inside that system is loyalty to the system.”

The motive for cheating?

It was to show phony progress at often troubled schools, which of course brought out the usual liberal scapegoating finger-pointers, such as NYU professor Diane Ravitch who blames a federal law that links funding with test performance: “We have a terrible federal law called No Child Left Behind that says that all schools have to have 100 percent of their students proficient in reading in math by the year 2014 or their schools will be shut down.”

You can see Ravitch on fellow-liberal Jon (“I’m not partisan! I’m not an activist!”) Stewart’s show HERE.

The school investigation is very critical of Beverly Hall, former superintendent of Atlanta’s public school system. Atlanta schools showed such progress during her term that in 2009, Hall was named America’s superintendent of the year. But investigators say Hall either knew of the cheating, or should have. She has denied that, but in her retirement video last month blamed other employees.: “I am confident that aggressive, swift action will be taken against anyone who believes so little in our students and in our system of support that they turned to dishonesty as the only option.”

Potential whistle-blowes were bullied, or worse. At one Atlanta high school, former teacher Paul Landerman saw a teacher helping 50 students change test answers. He reported it. The next day, he says, he was fired because “The greatest value inside that system is loyalty to the system.”

Atlanta’s cheating involved the same sort of standardized tests used all over the country. Atlanta’s scandal is the biggest in recent years, but other school systems, in Baltimore, Houston and Detroit, have had isolated cheating issues on state-wide tests.

As for whether there could be worse punishment for the cheaters, a standardized test is a government document. Altering one in Georgia can be a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Isn’t it interesting that when you click “Salaries” on the Atlanta Public Schools Human Resource Services website, you get this error message:

“Server Not Found.”

Undeterred, I did find the following information on the Teacher Portal website:

The teacher/student ratio is Atlanta, GA is 13.7

TeacherPortal’s Salary Rank for Georgia public schools: 3rd

For Georgia public school teachers:

  • Starting Salary: $34,442
  • Average Salary:  $48,300
  • Salary Raise Last Year: 3.81%
  • Salary Raise Last 10 Years: 42.1%

Hmm, let me see if I got this right:

  • Cheating by teachers in Atlanta public schools is believed to have gone on for 10 years.
  • The same Atlanta public school teachers enjoyed a salary increase of 42.1% in the last 10 years.

We know there’s one thing Atlanta’s public school students have learnt:

Cheating pays!

UPDATE (April 1, 2013):

Nearly two years after the cheating scandal came to light, former superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 other administrators are finally indicted — on racketeering and conspiracy. See “Justice! – Former superintendent indicted for Atlanta public schools cheating.

~Eowyn

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Oh, How I Miss Them….

“Whatever may be the judgement pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to express my profound and solemn conviction … that there never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them.” –James Madison, 1835

I weep….
~Eowyn
 

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We've Become What Our Founders Disdained


In 1791, the great American revolutionary and author-pamphleteer Thomas Paine wrote in Rights of Man about the oppressive governments of the old world:

“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” (H/t Patriot Post)

By “the old world,” Paine was referring to the old Europe that the early settlers had left behind.
After nearly 235 years, that’s exactly what the experiment in self-goverment called the United States of America had become.
“We have a system that rewards bad people at the very top as well as a
significant percent at the bottom. That lessens incentives for honest work. We
are not Europe and we are not Japan, we are worse. China, Europe and Japan would fare better over the coming years. They have more responsible governments than ours in terms of looking out for the honest working men and women.” —Jas Jain, the Prophet of Doom and Gloom
~Eowyn

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First Black TEA Party

The Left love to use the race card — for everything, especially against the TEA Parties.
Since the TaxedEnoughAlready Party movement is opposed to the ever-expanding Obese Government that has burdened us and future generations with a national debt that now exceeds $14 TRILLION, and since the Democratic Party champions big government, welfare entitlements, and ever more taxes — and since the vast majority of blacks vote Democratic (82% in 1964; 95% voted for Obama in 2008) — there are not many blacks among the ranks of the TEA Party movement.
None of which however means that the movement is racist. But that simple logic is way too much of a mental stretch for the Left. Using the stupid illogic of the Left, one would have to call the NBA a racist organization because there are so many black basketball players.
Happily and at long last, a black TEA Party has been founded! I applaud these fine Americans. Imagine the courage and integrity of conviction to be a conservative black American. They do Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proud!
~Eowyn

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Crispus Attucks, a black man, was killed by the Brits in the Boston Massacre, 1770. Attucks is remembered as the first martyr of the American Revolution.


 

First Black Tea Party Forms in Houston
by James M. Simpson – Big Govt – Jan 20, 2011
Anita MonCrief, infamous ACORN whistleblower, was  asked to go on Sean Hannity’s radio show Thursday the 20th to discuss the founding of America’s first black Tea Party.
Named after the first person to die in the Revolutionary War, the Crispus Attucks Tea Party was founded January 18th, 2011, at “This Is It” soul food restaurant in the heart of Houston, Texas’ 3rd district.  (Read the interesting original court documents about the “Boston Massacre,” including a dramatic description of Attucks’ slaying, here.)
The 3rd district is Represented by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and was the focal point of rampant ACORN-style vote fraud and widespread voter intimidation this past November. It is thus fitting that this tea party had its inaugural meeting right down the street from Lee’s residence.
With the typical politesse and considerate attitude of conservatives — always left unreported by the press (do ya think?)  – Rep. Lee was extended an invitation to the event. And with typical leftist rudeness, Lee snubbed it. Wonder why? These are her constituents, after all. 
Surprisingly, the local Fox News channel reporting on the event hastened to observe that many attendees at this founding meeting were white. Simply unbelievable. Is it not even possible to attend an event in support of the group without the information being somehow skewed by the media to suggest that it wasn’t “authentic” because white people were there???
One blogger put up a hilarious parody of liberal hypocrisy, observing that if they could get away with it, liberals would report the event as: White Tea Party Racists Attend Black Tea Party.
Well, never mind. The times they are a changin’! Yes they are, and the media is getting the message, whether they want to hear it or not. We are not going away.

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Quote of the Day

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” –James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

James Monroe

James Monroe (1758-1831) was the 5th President of the United States of America.

At the young age of 17, following the battles of Lexington and Concord in June of 1775, Monroe joined with 24 older men to raid the arsenal at the Palace of the Governor. He dropped out of the College of William and Mary the following spring to join the Continental Army. 
James Monroe fought in the War of Independence where he served with distinction at the Battle of Trenton in which he suffered a shot in his left shoulder. He never did return to complete college, but he did study law under Thomas Jefferson from 1780 until 1783. [Read his biography HERE.]
America’s Founding Fathers were a remarkable group of men — learned, piercingly intelligent, reverent toward the Creator, and compared to even the most articulate of our time, startlingly eloquent with the spoken and written word.
How I miss them….
~Eowyn

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