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Beverly Hall to Surrender to Jail Tuesday in Atlanta Cheating Scandal

The Atlanta Public Schools test cheating scandal has been a cloud over the city for years, but perhaps the final blow fell on Friday when former Superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 other education professionals were indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

All 35 defendants named in an indictment are required to surrender at the Fulton County Jail tomorrow, including Hall. The charges against Hall include conspiracy, making false statements and theft— some of the pay bonuses she received were tied to falsified scores on standardized tests.
Hall has denied that she was involved in cheating since the story first broke five years ago.While prosecutors say that the educators cheated on the CRCT to reap “the benefit of financial rewards associated with high test scores,” some educators tried ???to shift the blame to the pressures created by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Under NCLB, school districts with low standardized test scores could be seriously penalized and even lose federal aid. 

“We don’t condone cheating, but when you have high-stakes testing, which are one-shot deals that don’t tell you whether a child is going to fail or succeed, the whole setup in terms of No Child Left Behind was unfair to children, unfair to educators,”  Verdaillia Turner, president of the Georgia Federation of Teachers said to MSNBC Monday.

The APS scandal is one of many that has engulfed the nation’s school districts since 2001 when NCLB was first signed into law in 2001.

Since NCLB  mandated high-stakes testing in every state and tied it to federal funding, a wave of cheating scandals has swept the nation. Newspaper investigations have found evidence of cheating in more than 30 states, though the Atlanta case is considered the largest in U.S. history, implicating 178 teachers and principals — including 82 who confessed to cheating— and pulling in a majority of the schools in the 52,000-student district.

Hall, who retired in 2011, was charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements. Prosecutors recommended a $7.5 million bond for her and she could face up to 45 years in prison.


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13 thoughts on “Beverly Hall to Surrender to Jail Tuesday in Atlanta Cheating Scandal

  1. Melinda Marquez says:

    Michael..remember Ms. Hall?

  2. I think shes from New Orleans too.

  3. This is a OUTRAGEOUS that so-called Educators would do this to OUR children! At the end of the day, whatever happens to the ADULTS indicted in this case, they EARNED it! I'm SURE they have LAWYERS and THEY will move on with their lives and careers… However, the REAL question that our COMMUNITY should asked, is now that EVERYTHING has come to light about the "biggest cheating scandal in history", WHAT is being done about REMEDIATION for ALL the CHILDREN that were CHEATED? Especially since we KNOW there is DOCUMENTED proof are companies building PRISONS based on the FAILURE of OUR children! NOW is the time for EVERYONE that is CONCERNED for OUR children to get ACTIVELY involved with SOLUTIONS, Word!

  4. Ras Benzo says:

    I hate to be the one to say this, but this is OUR fault! As a community we have failed a generation of children with our conspired absence and willingness to place them in a system that we already KNOW is designed to destroy them.
    Again, WE have dropped the ball on integrity, determination and commitment. WE have to do something!

  5. This is akin to educational homicide. What trips me up is the so-called Black Elite (including clergy) of the City is trying to paint these indictments as a witch hunt by "The Man" when it's OUR children that will suffer untold LIFELONG consequences that they may never fully comprehend as a result of the actions of the people who have been entrusted to serve and protect their most basic educational needs.

  6. Steven Hill says:

    I homeschool my children . Put GOD 1st then you family next. Trust no man to things you can do your self. The schools they have designed produce good workers and prisoners . They are not designed to spawn critical thinkers,inventors or leaders. The schools they have made are just day care for kids eight hr a day. If you want your child to have a real wealth of knowledge and be self sustaining teach them your self. We can do it!

  7. Steven Hill says:

    Server ,We got your back!

  8. Although we don't.

  9. Pay back the money and put her under the jail…what a joke!

  10. Mary Zar says:

    This was a system doomed to failure before it even started. A system which demands high scores from all children and every school and then offers a substantial "bonus" to "education professionals" who make it happen? Really? All children do not and will never achieve at the same level. Those who fall behind need extra or specialized help to achieve to their own best! No child left behind puts undue pressure on everyone concerned which of course will never be an excuse for cheating. Why not give kids, with the guidance their parents and teachers, the opportunity to learn a trade if they are not headed for college. We expect everyone to go on to college and we short change all the kids who can't, or don't want to, to go on with their education.

  11. Exactly right! "No Child Left Behind" is such a gigantic crock, based as it is on the egalitarian nonsense to which you allude: Some kids are smarter than others, there is NO "equality". If EVERYONE could get high scores, then those scores would be meaningless. As it now stands, this rotten system attracts so-called "education professionals" who are interested in one thing, and one thing only: Looking good on paper! I say dump this insanity–not now, YESTERDAY!

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