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District attorneys weigh indictments in APS cheating case (Atlanta Public Schools)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 9, 2011 | Bill Rankin

Posted on 07/10/2011 8:16:34 AM PDT by barmag25

The Atlanta schools cheating case is now in the hands of three local district attorneys, who must decide whether the scandal is also criminal.

District attorneys in Fulton, DeKalb and Douglas counties said they are reviewing the voluminous report by state investigators and will decide whether to seek indictments.

Douglas County DA David McDade said Friday he expects it will take prosecutors a considerable amount of time to reach decisions. He noted that the GBI’s investigative file in the case amasses 120 volumes.

As prosecutors consider their options, scores of current and former APS educators and administrators, some at the highest levels of the system, are left wondering whether police officers will knock on their doors.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people who have great concern right now,” said Ron Carlson, a University of Georgia criminal law professor. “Some of the allegations in this report are gravely serious.”

Among the potential charges: giving false statements to investigators or altering public documents, which are felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison. School officials who submitted test scores they knew to be false also face possible felony charges and up to five years in prison.

Anyone who destroyed documents or instructed subordinates not to cooperate could be charged with obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor.

The report says 178 educators, including 38 principals, participated in cheating on standardized tests. It also accuses top administrators of destroying or altering complaints about misconduct and trying to hinder the investigation.

When former Gov. Sonny Perdue launched the probe last August, he stressed that teachers who cheated but were honest with investigators should not be criminally prosecuted. Gov. Nathan Deal restated that directive after he took office, the report says.

(Excerpt) Read more at ajc.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: aps; atlanta; atlantapublicschools; cultureofcorruption; davidmcdade; deal; education; fraud; nathandeal; nclb; perdue; publicschools; sonnyperdue; teachers; unions

1 posted on 07/10/2011 8:16:36 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25
Since the fraud involved in getting federal education money, shouldn't the feds would be looking into this as well?

On the other hand, since many of the people (if not most at the top) involved appear to be "Holder's people", I'm not holding my breath for that to happen.

2 posted on 07/10/2011 8:32:00 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob

This affirmative action b.s. sure has been a sucess.


3 posted on 07/10/2011 8:34:47 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: barmag25
If these school received one dime of the Race to the Top money then the entire district knowingly received that money fraudulently. The administrators, teachers and teacher aides are complicit in this fraud and they should do jail time. We are talking about millions of dollars here! Arne Duncan and Obama’s fingerprints are all over this RTTP sham!
4 posted on 07/10/2011 8:36:45 AM PDT by blaveda (blaveda)
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To: barmag25

If the APS received increased funding because of their phony scores, it is obviously fraud. The Superintendent, the former Superintendent, the offending principals and teachers ought to be frog-marched out of their offices, just as the government does to accused CEO’s of private business.


5 posted on 07/10/2011 8:37:35 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: barmag25
"District attorneys in Fulton, DeKalb and Douglas counties said they are reviewing the voluminous report by state investigators and will decide whether to seek indictments."

Are these Black DA's?

Look-out if they are.

Holder has already shown what can happen, such as when the Black Panther were menacing at the Pennsylvania voting place...they were dismissed.

Political correction and affirmitive action ... what a joke!!

How much longer do we pretend?

6 posted on 07/10/2011 8:46:04 AM PDT by blam
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To: barmag25
Now that the system has been duped (from the inside, I might add), we might only hope that astute interviewers would be able to dismiss the chaff from the wheat at job interviews. Given an army of interviewers who are worth their salt, that shouldn't be very difficult.

God forbid that we should end up with a work force of what amounts to a bunch of perpetual welfare recipients who have to be led by the hand through every task assigned them. Not only that, just keeping them from falling asleep might be a very large task.

7 posted on 07/10/2011 8:49:39 AM PDT by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness with global social consequences)
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To: blam

Since so many government employees were involved, it will take the union a long time to negotiate a fair bribe and to line up enough bagmen to make the deliveries to make this go away.


8 posted on 07/10/2011 8:50:45 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: barmag25

Certainly with this test cheating being done to get federal dollars it should be criminal fraud. Because many of the students who were denied an education as a result were African American you would think that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be weighing in....their strange silence is likely because some of those perpetrating the fraud were also African American. Eric holder will do nothing for the same reason.


9 posted on 07/10/2011 8:51:48 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: barmag25
I'd REALLY like to see a racial breakdown of the perps involved in this.

Can you imagine the hair--pulling and teeth-gnashing at the AJC when they had to print the pics of the top 10 people involved in this and they were all black???

The fact that what appears to be the majority of perps in this fraud and thievery are black leads me to believe that there will be little or no serious jailtime for anyone involved. Well, they might be able to find aa few whites to pin it on. Or a couple of low wage lackeys.

Face it. This ain't going to look good for the racial industry in this country. Can anyone imagine the AJC printing pics of blacks if there were ANY non-blacks to print first??? Let alone 10 blacks. Not good at all.

10 posted on 07/10/2011 8:56:00 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: The Great RJ

Well the reverend Al is in Atlanta...but its for a different reason.

Sharpton headlines rally against new illegal immigration law.

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/sharpton-headlines-rally-against-1006769.html


11 posted on 07/10/2011 8:56:07 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25
Only teachers who aren't Eric Holder's people should be indicted.

Eric Holder's people are NOT inferior, but it is RACIST to hold them to the same standards as everyone else.

12 posted on 07/10/2011 8:56:18 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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To: barmag25

Beyond criminal indictments, what of other punishments? I noticed that the General Counsel for the school district was involved.

Will the Georgia State Bar Association have a say?


13 posted on 07/10/2011 9:06:02 AM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: barmag25

It would be hard to believe that if this happened in Atlanta it is not happening in urban schools with historically underperforming school districts all over the country. Any of these school districts that showed a marked improvement of scores vs other school districts with a similar student profile should be looked into to assure that institutionalized cheating was not the reason the district overperformed on the standardized tests.


14 posted on 07/10/2011 9:06:06 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: barmag25

“When former Gov. Sonny Perdue launched the probe last August, he stressed that teachers who cheated but were honest with investigators should not be criminally prosecuted.”

ORLY ? ? ?

And why do teachers committing crimes get a mulligan and other crooks do not? I call “Pullisfemis Politician”

“Gov. Nathan Deal restated that directive after he took office, the report says.”

More of the same pullisfemis, but deeper.

Why are the profoundly treasonous given immunity?


15 posted on 07/10/2011 9:15:54 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles, Kill the EPA!!!)
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To: Bob
Since the fraud involved in getting federal education money, shouldn't the feds would be looking into this as well?

Didn't the Department of Education use a SWAT team to execute a warrant last month in California?

16 posted on 07/10/2011 9:17:32 AM PDT by ALPAPilot
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To: barmag25
When former Gov. Sonny Perdue launched the probe last August, he stressed that teachers who cheated but were honest with investigators should not be criminally prosecuted. Gov. Nathan Deal restated that directive after he took office, the report says.

WHAT??

17 posted on 07/10/2011 10:06:20 AM PDT by newzjunkey ("cave" it's not just a hole in the hillside)
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To: All; ALPAPilot
Didn't the Department of Education use a SWAT team to execute a warrant last month in California?

Yes. They borrowed a SWAT team from another agency. The alleged crime? "Fraud."

Every single "educational professional" involved should have her credential permanently revoked.

A new law should be passed (assuming one doesn't exist) that puts pensions at risk for future fraud and professional misconduct. This isn't an "honest error."

It's a conspiracy. If any union can be shown involved, it should be threatened with decertification.

It violates every principle of trust placed in these "educational professionals" from the taxpayers paying their salaries to parents sending their kids into those schools to the innocent children in the classroom.

If this took place at a private institution, there would be armed raids and legions of arrests. We've seen it happen over the years too.

Cooperative witnesses may escape jail time but they had better testify and face stiff penalties including loss of license.

Since they're so fond of them against students, I suggest a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

18 posted on 07/10/2011 10:19:57 AM PDT by newzjunkey ("cave" it's not just a hole in the hillside)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Investigation into APS cheating finds unethical behavior across every level

19 posted on 07/10/2011 10:27:57 AM PDT by blam
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To: barmag25

With conspiracy and mail fraud the years really stack up


20 posted on 07/10/2011 11:08:24 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: blam

I know David McDade personally, have for years....have been the subject of his wrath in my younger days. IMO..He was placed on this Prosecution team because he WILL NOT tolerate BS...He will not be bought off.


21 posted on 07/10/2011 11:14:24 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (I got a fever and the only prescription is more watermelon trickworm, better known as bass crack.)
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To: barmag25

Meant to ping you to #21.


22 posted on 07/10/2011 11:16:36 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (I got a fever and the only prescription is more watermelon trickworm, better known as bass crack.)
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To: Vigilantcitizen
Thanks, that's good to hear.

Now, when will he be run out of town for being a racist?

23 posted on 07/10/2011 3:14:14 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I’ve spent most of my life in Douglas county...just west of Fulton on I 20. The leadership of the entire county justice system, from judges down to the sheriff department, is comprised of respected, fair, but firm men. I’m not affiliated with any of them in any way other than living here, I just enjoy the priviledge of being a citizen in the county they run. Two things...

1. McDade, like the rest of the big dogs in the county, is crystal clean. They cannot be coerced into anything with embarrassing photos or video.

2. McDade, and the entire Douglas county justice system, is the most professional law enforcement system in the entire metro Atlanta area...period. Not even close.

The GBI brought him in for a reason.


24 posted on 07/10/2011 5:56:02 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (I got a fever and the only prescription is more watermelon trickworm, better known as bass crack.)
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To: barmag25
who must decide whether the scandal is also criminal.

How could this be criminal? It's just another form of affirmative action.

25 posted on 07/10/2011 7:49:34 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Wanna learn humility? Become a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!)
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To: barmag25

Parents should sue these frauds and demand that their children receive tuition to private schools. In no way should they return their children to these schools.

I was watching a tv program this weekend where the founder and principal of a CT charter school said that it’s about time parents get together and sue.


26 posted on 07/11/2011 7:35:40 AM PDT by goldi (')
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To: barmag25
“Some of the allegations in this report are gravely serious.”

This is standard procedure nationwide. What is any different about this and someone from school calling to ask you to apply for free or reduced lunch?

27 posted on 07/12/2011 10:17:55 AM PDT by alrea
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