Imagine FAIL — Fun And Shame With Dick And Jane

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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You really don’t have to imagine fail, just read about the latest Atlanta Public Schools disgrace and FAIL will smack you in the face. How else to describe collusion and conspiracy in Atlanta’s public schools other than a giant criminal gathering bent on receiving honors at the expense of their charges and their parents.  Here’s what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a story by Heather Vogell reports:

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.

The facts according to the investigators serve to show how far down Atlanta’s teachers and administrators have crawled.  The story is a long one and includes details of one of the administrators being singularly honored during the time she was driving around the curve of corruption:

The report accuses top district officials of wrongdoing that could lead to criminal charges in some cases.

The decision whether to prosecute lies with three district attorneys — in Fulton, DeKalb and Douglas counties — who will consider potential offenses in their jurisdictions.

For teachers, a culture of fear ensured the deception would continue.

“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.

So as your stomach turns, there is much more to digest from this batch of revelations.  Here’s the link to the complete article from Ms. Vogell:

Sorry School Story

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