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Another Potential School Tragedy Avoided… By Armed Guard

Doubt we’ll see much of this.  ~Steve~     Big H/T   Stephanie O

By Bobby Eberle February 1, 2013 7:13 am
So here’s the news story that those on the left don’t want you to hear. Whenever someone goes crazy or someone with evil intentions starts shooting, the result is usually tragic, and the reaction of the left is to disarm the population. However, at an Atlanta middle school, after one child was shot, the shooting came to an end… because of an armed guard. That’s right. There was not a mass killing spree in Atlanta on Thursday, but there could have been. We’ll never know. And thankfully so, because an armed guard stepped in.   As reported by USA Today, “A 14-year-old student was shot at an Atlanta middle school Thursday afternoon, and another student was taken into custody, police said.”
An armed guard disarmed the shooter moments after the 1:50 p.m. shooting in a courtyard at the Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta.   Atlanta Public Schools public information officer Steve Alford said the teen’s wound was more toward the back of the neck, WXIA-TV reported.   An armed off-duty Atlanta police officer who works at the school subdued the shooter and had him drop his weapon, Police Chief George Turner said.   Several shots were fired, Turner added. He did not identify the gun.
It appears that the shooting could have been gang related, but here’s the point. Rather than having a shooter run amok, this school had an armed guard. Rather than disarming law-abiding Americans, shouldn’t the real focus be on providing a safe and secure environment for our kids?
Barack Obama’s children go to a school with armed guards, but that’s not acceptable for the rest of America? If children are really the focus, then let’s protect them. These so-called “gun free” zones do nothing but invite violence. It’s like putting up a sign that reads, “Come in. Stop by. Rob or shoot this place. Everyone is unarmed.”

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Atlanta to Cheating Teachers/Principals: Resign or be Fired!

Remember the news in early July that for the past 10 years, 80% (or 44 out of 56) of the public schools in Atlanta had cheated on tests? More shocking still is the fact that the cheating wasn’t done by students, but by 178 principals and teachers.
Dozens of so-called 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 had confessed.
Now comes good news.
Two of the Atlanta public schools “educators” had been forced to leave their jobs. 176 others also will be held accountable.
Vivian Kuo reports for CNN, July 18, 2011, that Keith Bromery, director of media relations for Atlanta’s public school system, said that the two educators stepped down after being issued an ultimatum to quit or be fired. One resigned in person and another went into retirement.
The two were among 178 Atlanta Public Schools employees, including 38 principals, whose jobs are on the line after allegedly being involved in a widespread standardized-test cheating scandal that has caught the attention of federal officials. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “We’ve been in conversation with the inspector general about these cheating scandals and I believe they are looking at them.”
The Department of Education has the power to withhold or add preconditions on federal funding provided to states if it believes efforts to rectify corruption aren’t enough. So far, no federal investigation of Atlanta Public Schools has been launched, but officials say they are weighing several options to support state-led measures to protect against cheating.
Bromery said the 178 educators implicated have been given notice to resign or face termination proceedings. They can resign in person or online and must turn in their keys, access badges and other materials provided to them as employees of the schools.
Already, four area superintendents and a school principal have been replaced. The school board has also mandated ethics training for employees and provide remedial help to perhaps thousands of Atlanta Public Schools students who may have improperly advanced because of the cheating.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said prosecutors will decide whether to bring criminal charges against those involved. The state investigation confirmed widespread cheating in city schools dating as far back as 2001, and said 82 employees acknowledged involvement. The educators implicated were either directly involved in erasing wrong answers on a standardized test, or they knew or should have known what was going on.
Six principals declined to answer investigators’ questions and invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, Deal said.

Beverly Hall (photo: AJC)

Hold this woman accountable! Beverly Hall was Atlanta’s schools superintendent during the cheating.

The state’s report indicated there was a climate of cheating and a performance-at-all-costs atmosphere during the tenure of previous Superintendent Beverly Hall. Hall has denied the allegation.
The cheating was brought to light after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported about unusual test-score gains at some schools. Investigators discovered a pattern of incorrect test answers being erased and replaced with correct answers.
UPDATE (Aug. 28, 2012):
One of the cheaters, former 5th grade math teacher Shayla Smith, was handed a “guilty” verdict by a tribunal today after just one hour of deliberation. Reportedly, Smith told another teacher that she gave students answers to a test they were taking because she thought them to be “dumb as hell.”

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