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July 7, 2011
Who's Responsible for the Government Schools Cheating Scandals?
Cheating scandals are multiplying as major school districts like Atlanta, Baltimore (see AT article) and Washington, DC (see AT article) are under the gun by corporate and non-profit school reformers like Eli Broad, Bill Gates and Arne Duncan to produce better grades for more dollars. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal "released a report...that names 178 teachers and principals -- 82 of whom confessed -- in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal in US history. The 55,000-student Atlanta public school system rose in national prominence during the 2000s, as test scores steadily rose and the district received notice and funding from the Broad Foundation and the Gates Foundation. But behind that rise, the state found, were teachers and principals in 44 schools erasing and changing test answers. [snip] In one case, an administrator instructed employees to tell investigators to "go to hell." When teachers tried to alert authorities, they were labeled "disgruntled." One principal...(Read Full Post)