Skip to comments.(Main perp schools Superintendent Beverly) Hall: 'I Deeply Regret' Atlanta Cheating Scandal
Posted on 08/11/2011 7:30:22 AM PDT by Libloather
Hall: 'I Deeply Regret' Atlanta Cheating Scandal
Updated: 2:44 pm EDT August 10, 2011
Hall retired from Atlanta schools just days before state investigators released a scathing report implicating nearly 180 educators in the scandal. Educators accused in the probe said they were under immense pressure to improve students' scores by any means possible amid a culture of "fear and retaliation," investigators said.
Educators, who said they were either directed to cheat by superiors or felt they had no other option, huddled in back rooms at night erasing wrong answers and filling in correct ones or led students to choose correct answers through voice inflection, investigators found. Some seated students next to their higher-performing classmates so they could copy answers.
Teachers who reported the cheating to administrators were punished or fired, investigators found.
Hall's column is the second time she's written publicly about the cheating scandal since her retirement June 30. Just days after the July 5 state investigation was released, Hall who has largely kept quiet about the investigation because she could face criminal charges apologized to the people of Atlanta in an op-ed piece in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
But she has stopped short of taking responsibility for the cheating, saying she thought she put enough measures in place to prevent such behavior.
She wrote in Wednesday's column that the cheating scandal should not overshadow the legitimate gains made by Atlanta students since more testing security was put in place last year. Hall said under the "strictest testing conditions," about 80 percent of students in most grades performed at acceptable levels.
Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall shows off her 2009 Superintendent of the Year award. Hall was "honored" by the American Association of School Administrators for "increasing Atlanta district's test scores and graduation rates."
Hall has since come under fire for cheating scandals, where rampant, systematic cheating on test scores involved 44 schools and 178 teachers and principals. During the time the cheating was going on, Hall was honored as Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators for increasing test scores.
She *could* face criminal charges...but she won’t. Not in Atlanta. She’s protected.
All she “deeply regrets” is getting caught. But at least she’s getting to take an early retirement, no doubt with a fat pension paid for by Atlanta’s taxpayers.
She was just trying to help The People get over.
Fired teachers who blew the whistle. Must be a Democrat.
One observer claimed that, for public consumption, Hall puts on a sweet, sap-happy "Grandmas Baking Sugar Cookies" act but behind the scenes shes a ruthless, savage hag, dropping victims left and right like an armed fascist dictator.
Her activities in the state of NJ (before she absconded to GA) need to be exposed.....and prosecuted when warranted.....including the $73 million education budget item that disappeared under her watch.
You have to wonder how Hall ever got educator credentials. Is her doctorate legit? All of her CV should be rigorously scrutinized.....together with all official documents under her signature (falsifying govt documents is a felony).
The woman should have been fired on the spot since she admitted the cheating. The US District Attorney should also be investigating her for defrauding the US government as these phony scores were used to get more federal dollars. I am certain if she had been white Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be protesting how poor Black children had been robbed of their education.
The Chief Moose of education.
She was just protecting “her peoples”.
Agree - nothing will happen to her. She’s a “protected minority”.
(My full apologies and respect to the many, many African-Americans I’ve known over the years....all possessing morals, intelligence, and achievements far, far, FAR superior to this idiotess and her cretin president.)
But hey, it ain't their money.
“no doubt with a fat pension paid for by Atlantas taxpayers.”
She also got hundreds of thousands in bonuses for doing such “oustanding” work for which she took credit for. It seems to me she can now take credit for the failing APS and give back the money. Oh yea, and the taxpayers are now stuck with defending her, too. Ya gotta hand it to these affirmative action babies—they really know how to screw the taxpayers and they really don’t care if the majority are Holders people.
REFRENCE-----Channel 2 Action News, Atlanta, has obtained records detailing bonuses paid to teachers and staff at schools implicated in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. Channel 2's Tom Regan put in a request for the documents on bonus payments two weeks ago. He received the records on Tuesday and has been poring over the documents.
Regan said the documents detail bonuses that were paid out from January 2009 to the present.
According to the documents, performance bonuses ranged from $100 to $1,500. Virtually the entire staff, teachers, principals, permanent substitutes and secretaries got bonuses when the school reached performance goals for testing and attendance. Regan found that 15 of the 44 schools named in the cheating scandal received a total of $645,000 in bonuses.
What Channel 2 doesn't know is how much of that money was from corporate contributions and how much was paid by taxpayers. (Excerpt) Read more at wsbtv.com ...
Gimmee da money.
More blatantly misguided liberalism: short term gains for long term tragedy. How about all those kids who were denied a better education because their scores were changed to be "just good enough"? Those are the real victims.
She screwed her 'own people' for the sake of her own job and the applause that went with it.
didn’t even need to see the photo to guess her race, weight, haircut....typical liberal butt-head....
Yes, she "deeply regrets" being found out as the head cheater.
She does not regret the Cheating, nor trying to cover up a bad school district.
But she "deeply regrets" not being able to further the liberal/progressive causes in the school district of Atlanta.
My advise: Flee Government run schools! Their plunge into immorality is assured.
SEND HER TO JAIL.
When one kid acts up in my classroom, all the other kids want that kid to be sent out so that they can GET THEIR WORK DONE.
When one superintendent acts illegally, they need to jail her so that OTHER SUPERINTENDENTS WONT FOLLOW SUIT.
Public schools can work, if you have a superintendent that values real teachers and not autoanimatrons that simply erase standardized tests for you.
“Educators accused in the probe said they were under immense pressure to improve students’ scores by any means possible amid a culture of “fear and retaliation ...”
I do not believe ALL the accused were complicit ONLY under duress. I am sorry, but I know entirely too many Liberal, establishment-hating, benefits-junkies, union ‘teachers’ to believe that for one instant.
ALL of them are at fault and equally corrupt. If they were not asked to cheat, they probably would be doing it anyway ON THEIR OWN! THAT’S how low my opinion of teachers is.
Let me see if I understand. she cheated...many cheat...trying to 'meet standards'. Isn't a waiver coming from DC to say that these 'standards' don't have to be met in given time frames? But, at the same time, raising standards of fuel efficiency? Can the next White House issue waivers for fuel standards?
Is there any 'R' governors want to take the lead in the next presidential election and refuse the waivers for education? Anyone gonna point out that the debt deal that was just passed will be treated the same in a few years - waivers and exceptions, and no debt savings? /rant...
Zero sympathy. She lied and played the race card when people questioned the rise in test scores (don’t have the cite but something like): “You all just don’t think Black kids can learn!”
And all the while she was knowingly gaming the system.
At least Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are honest race-baiters.
She and her regrets should be in jail.
they cheated to get federal money! arrest and charge them.. wait they aren’t white? nevermind..
I can understand the anger directed at people like this, but anybody with half a brain saw this coming from a mile away once the Federal government began providing performance-based financial incentives to school districts. It’s an open invitation to manipulation at all levels of education, and I predict that this kind of nonsense is far more commonplace than anyone wants to admit.
Just like Hollywood: an outfit set up by themselves to honor themselves.
“Educators accused in the probe said they were under immense pressure to improve students’ scores by any means possible amid a culture of “fear and retaliation,””
In other words they were under pressure to actually DO THE JOB THEY WERE HIRED FOR, AND IF THEY SHOWED POOR PERFORMANCE THEY WOULD BE FIRED. That’s what they call “fear and retaliation”. In reality it’s called having a real job.
Oh, yeah, she LOOKS extremely regretful, doesn’t she...another generation of kids who can’t read their diplomas.
They may not know their abc’s but I’m sure they’ve been drilled on the letter “D” in time to vote...
I expect you’re right, of course: here’s hoping at least that this exposure makes others back off somewhat.
First they told us that black kids were not learning because they had low self esteem so they added black history to the curriculum.
When the scores didnt increase they said it was because black kids learned differently they needed black teachers, so they hired a bunch of black teachers, scores didn’t go up.
Then they told us that it was because there werent enough black Principals so they hired black Principals, scored didnt go up.
Then they said it was because there werent enough blacks school board members and black superintendants. Still no improvement.
Meanwhile they are stuck with a bunch of affirmative action, barely literate teachers and school administrators who can do nothing but complain about the school system they helped dismantle.
My wife is a public elementary school teacher in one of metro Atlanta's main school districts - but not the Atlanta Public Schools. We have two kids out of college and one in a private Christian high school. I have to be careful about anonymity because public discussion of the CRCT cheating scandal by a metro-Atlanta school system teacher or relative- even a teach in a system other than the Atlanta Public School System - is an easy way to get fired.
I may post a vanity pointing out some of the tastiest points of the report.
Most of the media accounts you've read come from the report's conclusions; the detailed contents of the report are much worse than you've read (but at 400+ pages, the report's too long for many reporters to read, and too long for others to summarize).
For one thing, the only schools that were subject to investigation really had to show indications of widespread cheating. How high was the bar?
A school was only investigated if more than 20% of its classes experienced "wrong-to-right" erasures at a rate more than three standard deviations from the norm. On a random basis, a variance of three standard deviations would occur only once in 370 tests. Yet for a school to be reviewed, more than 20% of its classes had to experience wrong-to-right erasures at a rate less likely to randomly occur than 1 in 370 times.
Do you realize that a school could have ALL of its classes experience a wrong-to-right erasure rate exactly three deviations from the norm - each class could have a wrong-to-right erasure rate likely to occur randomly only 1 in 370 tests - and it would NOT be investigated.
Out of approximately 1,800 school districts in Georgia, almost exactly half of the schools in the entire State with more than 20% of its classes experiencing wrong-to-right erasures at a rate of more than three standard deviations from the norm were in the Atlanta Public Schools district.
In Atlanta, some teachers experienced wrong-to-right erasures at up to 54 standard deviations from the norm (seven standard deviations occur randomly once ever 390 billion+ tests). And they experienced this unlikely wrong-to-right erasure rate on all three tests - language arts, reading, and math - in the same year, and on all three tests for three or more years in a row.
The report is chock full of details of retribution against whistleblowers, negative consultant reports being deleted from all computers in the APS, and miscellaneous tales of criminal and unethical behavior. Powerful stuff that's not in the summary you've read.
And the report specifically states that not all of the evidence and details are in the report - the investigators are apparently holding back a lot of the good stuff to be used in any criminal, civil, or administrative actions against those involved.
School Superintendents, the highest paid migrant workers in the country. Just pick one and follow their career. Take a job, create chaos and loot the district funds, get found out, resign/be fired with a big contract buyout, and move on to the next mark. The reason that this works is that the idiots on the school board don’t want to be exposed for not watching the store. One of the ones we had left and immediately the district office had an “unexplained fire” which conveniently destroyed critical records. Then a few weeks later, it “caught fire” again. The superintendent involved moved to Berkeley, California where he fit right in.
This points up one of the biggest reasons government has gone out of control: they write each others' contracts.
Not only would APS have to pay her legal bills in any case brought against her in her capacity as Superintendent, they also have to pay any damages she is ruled to have incurred.
This is insanity.