April 3, 2015
Here is your teacher Union legacy. This is what happens when you let government schools have control.
Check it out:
Atlanta cheating scandal teachers go to cells in hand-cuffs: Eleven educators face up to 20 years in prison for inflating their students’ test scores to get bonus money for their schools . . . and for themselves
- The 11 teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering after a five-year investigation
- Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools across the Atlanta school system, with nearly 180 educators involved
- A racketeering charge could carry up to 20 years in prison and most of the defendants will be sentenced on April 8
- The cheating came to light after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2008 that some student’s scores were statistically improbable
- Prosecutors said the educators were guaranteed bonuses by inflating scores, while improving the poor reputation of their school system
- Superintendent Beverly Hall , the alleged ringleader who received up to $500,000 in payouts , died of breast cancer as the scandal went to trial
- One principal would wear gloves to erase answers and write in new ones
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.