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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:08 am 
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Former Atlanta educators jailed in test cheating scandal

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Apr. 2, 2015 8:00 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in Fulton County jails Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years.

In one of the nation's largest cheating scandals of its kind, the 11 defendants were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their roles in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.


They include teachers, a principal and other administrators, who were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta public school system. A 12th defendant, a teacher, was acquitted of all charges by the jury.

The racketeering charges carry up to 20 years in prison. Most of the defendants will be sentenced April 8.


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

A state investigation found that as far back as 2005, educators fed answers to students or erased and changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools with nearly 180 educators involved, and teachers who tried to report it were threatened with retaliation.

Similar cheating scandals have erupted in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Nevada and other public school systems around the country in recent years, as officials link scores to school funding and staff bonuses and vow to close schools that perform poorly.

Thirty-five Atlanta educators in all were indicted in 2013 on charges including racketeering, making false statements and theft. Many pleaded guilty, and some testified at the trial.

Former Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly Hall was among those charged but never went to trial, saying she was too sick. She died a month ago of breast cancer.

Hall insisted she was innocent. But educators said she was among higher-ups pressuring them to inflate students' scores to show gains in achievement and meet federal benchmarks that would unlock extra funding.

Over objections from the defendants' attorneys, Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter ordered all but one of those convicted immediately jailed while they await sentencing. They were led out of court in handcuffs.

"They are convicted felons as far as I'm concerned," Baxter said, later adding, "They have made their bed and they're going to have to lie in it."

The only one allowed to remain free on bail was teacher Shani Robinson, because she is expected to give birth soon.

Bob Rubin, the attorney for former elementary school principal Dana Evans, said he was shocked by the judge's decision and called it "unnecessary and vindictive."

Prosecutors said the 12 on trial were looking out for themselves rather than the children's education. Defense attorneys accused prosecutors of overreaching in charging the educators under racketeering laws usually employed against organized crime.

The attorneys for some of the defendants said they will appeal.

Hall served as superintendent for more than a decade, which is rare for a big-city school chief. She was named Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009 and credited with raising student test scores and graduation rates, particularly among the district's poor and minority students.

But the award quickly lost its luster as her district became mired in the scandal, which began to unfold when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that some scores were statistically improbable.

In a video message to the staff before she retired, Hall said: "I am confident that aggressive, swift action will be taken against anyone who believed so little in our students and in our system of support that they turned to dishonesty as the only option."

The months-long trial began in August with more than six weeks of jury selection, and testimony concluded in late February.

District Attorney Paul Howard said it was the biggest and most complex case his office had ever handled. It lasted more than two years and involved hundreds of interviews with school administrators, staff, parents and students.

"Our entire effort in this case was simply to get our community to stop and take a look at the education system," Howard said.

Dessa Curb, a former elementary school teacher, was the one educator acquitted of all charges.

"I've prayed and I believed that this would be my outcome," said a dazed-looking Curb, tears in her eyes.

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The same educational system that my gratuitous buddy Mike the corn archaeologist thinks I ought not to give up on so precipitously :lol:

The Marxists broke our society. They started applying the pressure in the 1930s and they kept it up even through the McArthy era. Once we got to about 1963, they redoubled their efforts. If you listen to old Bill Clinton state of the Union addresses you can here it breaking in the back ground *crraakk . . . . crrreee . . . . cragghghghgh*

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I said you should shop your degree around. Like I said before, it's your life and your decision to make. But...

Psychological anthropology in combination with real facility with mathematics should be very appealing to, for example, the NSA, the CIA, the State Department, USAID, the World Bank, certain corporations, and various think tanks dedicated to economics. Hell, even police departments to some degree, but you would likely have to go to a police academy to become very attractive to a PD.

If it's "Tenure Track or Nothing" then, not knowing any details, you probably have some rebuilding to do. That's a hard path to walk but plenty of people have done it successfully in anthropology.

I get it that I fascinate you, since you've got my picture on your wall and are still talking about me to your friends. If you like I can send you an autographed book or something, but that's as far as I will go for my fan base. ;)


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https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/34755/

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College official: Drop algebra requirement because minorities keep failing it

COLLEGE FIX STAFF •JULY 21, 2017

The chancellor of the California community college system has stated that institutions’ algebra requirements are “the biggest barrier” for “underemployed or unemployed Americans,” and as such is … a civil rights issue.

According to NPR, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is “among a growing number of educators who view intermediate algebra as an obstacle to students obtaining their credentials — particularly in fields that require no higher level math skills.”

In an interview with the chancellor, NPR’s Robert Siegel pointed out the low graduation rate in the community college system (48% for an associate’s degree), and then asked Oakley if ditching algebra wasn’t just the “easy way out.”

Oakley retorted “I hear that a lot and unfortunately nothing could be farther from the truth. Somewhere along the lines, since the 1950s, we decided that the only measure of a student’s ability to reason or to do some sort of quantitative measure is algebra.

“What we’re saying is we want as rigorous a course as possible to determine a student’s ability to succeed, but it should be relevant to their course of study. There are other math courses that we could introduce that tell us a lot more about our students.”

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[Q]: Bob Moses , the civil rights activist, started the Algebra Project, teaching concepts of algebra to black students in the South. He saw the teaching of math as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.

Rates of failure in algebra are higher for minority groups than they are for white students. Why do you think that is? Do you think a different curriculum would have less disparate results by ethnic or racial group?

[A]: First of all, we’ve seen in the data from many of the pilots across the country that are using alternative math pathways — that are just as rigorous as an algebra course — we’ve seen much greater success for students because many of these students can relate to these different kinds of math depending on which program of study they’re in. They can see how it works in their daily life and how it’s going to work in their career. …

[Q]: Do you risk a negative form of tracking? Depriving a student of the possibility of saying in community college: “Wow, that quadratic equation is the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. I think I’m going to do more stuff like this.”

[A]: We’re certainly not saying that we’re going to commit students to lower levels of math or different kinds of math. What we’re saying is we want more students to have math skills that allow them to keep moving forward. We want to build bridges between the kinds of math pathways we’re talking about that will allow them to continue into STEM majors. We don’t want to limit students.

The last thing I’d say is that we are already tracking students. We are already relegating students to a life of below livable wage standards. So we’ve already done so, whether intentionally or unintentionally.


Here’s a good debate on the merits of taking algebra, and this site provides good examples of when you use algebra … and don’t even realize it.

Read the full NPR interview.


Links to the full NPR interview in the above linked article.

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Why didn't they do that when I was young, instead they made us toe the line ... inhuman


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In 9th grade I had a bad teacher and barely passed. When I got older I went though online classes to understand it. Ppl joke about it being unimportant and it probably is unless you're an engineer. I'm still glad I have a small grasp of it. Everything is mathematics really.

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I'd bet you use algebra way more than you think, you just aren't thinking of it as algebra when you do.

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nelmsm wrote:
I'd bet you use algebra way more than you think, you just aren't thinking of it as algebra when you do.

FYI, the name algebra comes from Arabic "al-jabr" meaning "reunion of broken parts". So it is a patriotic duty for a true American Patriot and Trumpetist to avoid such Islamic indoctrination. ;)

Anyway it is the time abandon the obsolete and apply the more logical binary system everywhere.

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nero wrote:
nelmsm wrote:
I'd bet you use algebra way more than you think, you just aren't thinking of it as algebra when you do.

FYI, the name algebra comes from Arabic "al-jabr" meaning "reunion of broken parts". So it is a patriotic duty for a true American Patriot and Trumpetist to avoid such Islamic indoctrination. ;)

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nero wrote:
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FYI, the name algebra comes from Arabic "al-jabr" meaning "reunion of broken parts". So it is a patriotic duty for a true American Patriot and Trumpetist to avoid such Islamic indoctrination. ;)

MAGA.

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Is there any subject that Nero will not associate with Trump?

Is it Trumpetist or MAGA that irritate you, or both. Or is it because algebra is not your cup of tea? :roll:

Just curious.

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