Authorities are waiting for former Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly Hall to turn herself in at Fulton County Jail today after her indictment last Friday in the school cheating scandal.
Educators had until 11 a.m. Tuesday to surrender to authorities, but there was no word on whether Hall had yet turned herself in.
Tameka Goodson, a school improvement specialist at Kennedy Middle School, surrendered at 12:30 a.m., testing coordinator Donald Bullock turned himself in just before 6 a.m. and Theresia Copeland, former Benteen Elementary testing coordinator, turned herself in just before 7 a.m.
“If a school achieved 70 percent of more of its targets, all employees at the school received a bonus,” the indictment against them said. “Additionally, if certain system-wide targets were achieved, Beverly Hall herself received a substantial bonus.”
“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. 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 44 schools in the 52,000-student district.
Hall, who retired in 2011, was charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements. Hall’s bail was set at $7.5 million bond for her and she could face up to 45 years in prison.
3 thoughts on “Atlanta Educators Start Turning Themselves in at Fulton Jail Today in Cheating Scandal”
This angers me completely! Yes let's take down our educators! With all the crooked shit the financial institutions are doing I think imprisoning educators who cheated on test results is right up there worthy of 45 year prison sentences! "… racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements." Sure makes them seem like BAD bad bad guys! I mean look how much money these educators make in the first place! They are right on up there with crooked CEO's who cheated the general public out of billions of dollars. Yes let's take down the educators and lock them up for cheating and ignore the billionaires that still prey on all of us! Such a diversionary tactic should make us all sick.
You're the one using diversionary tactics, Dianne. This has nothing to do with CEO's or pay rate.
Your bias favoring educators over the educated is somewhat disturbing.
Bias favoring educators OVER educated.(???) Hmm not sure how you come up with that take Jon. I'm looking at the words equity and fairness along with social impact of said "crime".