Atlanta Teachers Convicted Of Fraudulently Boosting Test Scores Receive Heavy Prison Sentences

Brutal Sentences For Convicted Atlanta Teachers – Daily Caller

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Recently-convicted Atlanta educators who conspired for years to fraudulently boost the city’s scores on standardized tests were slapped with lengthy prison sentences of up to seven years Tuesday.

Sharon Davis-Williams, Michael Pitts, and Tamara Cotman were all regional directors with the Atlanta Public Schools throughout the cheating scandal, and were slapped with the toughest penalties by Baxter. All of them were sentenced to seven years in prison, to be followed by 13 years of probation and 2,000 hours of community service. They were also fined $25,000 apiece. Several other educators were slapped with shorter sentences that still sent them to prison for as long as two years.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said this widespread cheating was far from a victimless crime, and warranted a tough response.

“These stories are incredible. These kids can’t read,” Baxter said at Tuesday’s hearing, according to CNN. “It’s like the sickest thing that’s ever happened in this town.” Baxter also said he was upset by an apparent lack of remorse or willingness to accept responsibility among the educators being sentenced.

The seven-year sentences given the regional directors are tougher than the sentences received by many violent criminals across the U.S.

During the first decade of the 2000s, Atlanta’s public schools were held up as a national model for their rapid gains on standardized tests. However, investigations by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and later the state government revealed that much of this improvement was a sham, enabled by systematic fraud carried out by dozens of educators, who were motivated variously be fear of losing their jobs or the desire to receive performance bonuses. During the trial which ended two weeks ago, prosecutors painted a lurid picture of corruption where teachers would meet for “cheating parties” where they would eat fish and grits while fixing wrong answers on students’ standardized tests.

The scandal was so widespread and entrenched that the teachers were ultimately convicted under Georgia’s racketeering law, normally intended to prosecute gang members.

The ten educators sentenced Tuesday were only a small portion of the 200 educators who are believed to have participated in the cheating, and they were less than half of the 35 people indicted last year. Most of those charged with crimes took plea deals in order to avoid jail time.

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11 Atlanta Educators (And Likely Obama Supporters) Convicted In Test Cheating Scandal On RICO Charges

11 Atlanta Educators Convicted In Test Cheating Scandal On RICO Charges – Universal Free Press

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In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams.

The defendants – including teachers, a principal and other administrators – were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta school system. The educators fed answers to students or erased and changed the answers on tests after they were turned in to secure promotions or up to $5,000 each in bonuses, the court was told.

However the person accused of benefiting the most from the conspiracy, Superintendent Beverly Hall – who is thought to have received up to $500,000 in bonus payouts – died of breast cancer over the course of the trial. A 12th defendant, a teacher, was acquitted of all charges by the jury this week. The 11 will all be sentenced on April 8 and could face up to 20 years in prison for the racketeering charges.

They were all found guilty under the the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, which is typically reserved for major mobsters and organized crime bosses.

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‘This is a huge story and absolutely the biggest development in American education law since forever,’ said University of Georgia law professor Ron Carlson. ‘It has to send a message to educators here and broadly across the nation. Playing with student test scores is very, very dangerous business.’

The case stems from an investigation carried out in 2011, which uncovered evidence that the educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools, with nearly 180 educators involved, and investigators found teachers who tried to report it faced retaliation.

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The Bottom of the Pit of Hypersensitivity reached!

But don’t worry folks, the Leftists are already digging to go even deeper

The University of North Georgia has succeeded in depicting the true issue with America, but ironically, it was an accident.

And what is the “true” issue? Why RAAAAAACISM of course!

This week, the university issued an apology and agreed to stop circulating a course catalogue with a derogatory cover that depicts White men winning a race against a woman and a Black man, according to the Raw Story.

Good Freaking Grief! THIS caused an uproar?

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Raw Story reports:

The illustration, used as the cover of a continuing education catalog, shows two white men wearing black suits celebrating as they cross the finish line ahead of a woman of indeterminate race and a black man, with the tagline, “Why follow when you can lead?”

They are dressed in professional attire, although the black man is dressed more casually and the woman is wearing heels, and they appear to be struggling to keep up.

Kate Maine, the vice president of university relations, said the image failed to represent the institution’s commitment to diversity.

Oh no not the “commitment to diversity”! So now diversity has been redefined to mean that White men must never be presented in any positive light?

“The image was not representative of UNG’s commitment to diversity, and this will serve as an opportunity for increased dialogue about diversity issues and we expect that to better inform our processes and publications,” said Kate Maine, the university official.

Better inform? Oh you have already done that Kate Maine, you have informed every thinking person that you are obsessed with race and gender. You have informed us all that you are so obsessed as to be fairly called INSANE!

We’re pleased that the university took immediate steps to discontinue distribution of the catalogue. But the very fact that it was disseminated in the first place encapsulates the nation’s ongoing struggles with race and gender equality at every level in education, employment, and the criminal justice system.

No, it exposes how deeply entrenched in victim hood the Left is. And it exposes how completely incapable these people are of EVER making any decisions of any value.

Indeed, if education is supposed to be the great equalizer, the image is hardly one that a higher institution of learning should convey on its course catalogue. It sends out the message to potential applicants: Why try?

No, it sends the message that no one seeking a meaningful education should attend UNG!

Parent Calls 911 After Public School Won’t Release Kid From Common Core Test

Common Core Kidnapping: Parent Calls 911 After Public School Won’t Release Kid From Test – Daily Caller

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Supporters of Common Core have encountered a public relations nightmare recently thanks to technical glitches, student boycotts and a slew of irate parents who are refusing to allow their children to sit for standardized tests.

However, last week marked the first time officials at a taxpayer-funded school have allegedly attempted to confine a student for a Common Core standardized test after her parent arrived on campus to remove the child from class.

The incident occurred at Brookshire Elementary School in Winter Park, Fla., reports the Orlando Sentinel.

The unidentified mother showed up at Brookshire Elementary to pick up her daughter because she wanted to opt the fifth grader out of a Common Core-aligned writing test.

School officials informed the mother that they would not allow her daughter to leave, according to the mother as well as a second parent, Jacqui Myers, who was at the school.

Myers, the parent of a first-grade student, was on the scene at Brookshire Elementary because she is politically active in the local movement to opt students out of Common Core-mandated tests.

“They’re not giving me my child, can you help?” the mother of the fifth grader told Myers, according to the Sentinel.

Myers responded by calling 911.

An emergency responder notified police. The Winter Park Police Department dispatched a school district resource officer to Brookshire Elementary.

Brookshire principal Susan Mulchrone then arranged for the fifth-grade girl to appear in the school’s administrative office so she could leave with her mother, according to school district spokeswoman Shari Bobinski.

Mulchrone’s concern, Bobinski said, was that the girl and other students had been engaged in Florida Standards Assessments testing for a full 20 minutes. They were in the midst of writing standardized test essays.

“We do not hold children if parents come to pick them up,” Bobinski swore to the Sentinel.

Myers, the anti-testing parent, told the newspaper she had seen four parents come by to pick up their children – successfully – before the fifth-grade girl’s mother had her encounter with school officials.

Myers also noted that Mulchrone, the principal, had previously emailed parents to inform them that they could not pick up their own children during the standardized testing period because it could prove disruptive.

Florida state law requires public school students to participate in the Common Core-aligned tests.

Parents who want their students to opt out have organized. They have told their children to break the seals on their test booklets or log into computer-adaptive tests, but then decline to answer any questions or write anything.

The rollout of new Common Core-mandated standardized tests around the country has run into a series of embarrassing but predictable problems, as schools have grappled with both technical glitches and a growing movement of hostile parents who refuse to let their children take the tests – which are now being administered for the first time in several states.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 currently requires that 95 percent of students take various statewide standardized tests.

Last week, the Ohio Department of Education announced that its taxpayer-funded school districts won’t suffer financial penalties if students refuse to participate in Common Core-mandated standardized tests.

In New Mexico, several hundred high schoolers attracted national attention when they walked out of class to protest the exams.

New Jersey is facing a deluge of anti-standardized test hooky.

In 2014, Florida education officials announced plans to fool everybody by rebranding Common Core as the “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.”

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Connecticut Teacher Placed On Leave After Reading Obscene Gay Sex Poem To Students (Video)

Parents Infuriated After Teacher Reads Graphic, ‘Highly Inappropriate’ Gay Sex Poem To Students – The Blaze

A Connecticut teacher has been suspended after reading a poem to his students last week that graphically described a gay sex encounter.

The South Windsor High School male teacher, whose name has not been released by school officials, read his advanced English class the 1968 Allen Ginsberg poem “Please Master,” WTNH-TV reported.

The lengthy poem is so sexually explicit, TheBlaze has chosen not to reprint it. It is, however, available online here, for those who would like to read what the students were exposed to.

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When parents learned that the poem was read to their students, many were left in shock.

“I don’t understand how that actually got into a high school class,” one parent told WTNH. “I can understand parents being really upset about it.”

“I couldn’t read the whole poem it was so inappropriate. The first few lines, but after I got into a few lines, I couldn’t believe what I was reading,” another parent echoed to WFSB.

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The school district’s superintendent Kate Carter also condemned the reading of the poem.

“We take seriously the trust that parents place in teachers and administrators, and we do not tolerate the use of inappropriate materials in classroom settings,” she said in a statement.

The teacher will remain on leave until the school’s investigation is complete.

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