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  • Fleet of Foot and Blissfully Bold, Freeloaders at the Marathon Wear Fake Bibs—but Win No Prizes

    11/05/2011 8:06:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11-5-11 | KEVIN HELLIKER
    In the Running World, They're Called 'Bandits' and Race Officials Don't Like to Discuss Them; the Cockroach Analogy For anyone without an official slot in Sunday's New York Marathon, here's a thought: Run it anyway. But don't expect the running establishment to cheer you on. Peter Sagal tried that at last month's Chicago Marathon. Without paying the $145 registration fee, he joined the nearly 38,000 official marathoners on Oct. 9, partaking of free Gatorade along the way. "I know it's wrong," Mr. Sagal, host of National Public Radio's "Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!," wrote afterward in a blog for Runner's...
  • Atlanta schools caught up in cheating scandal get federal standing yanked over inflated scores

    11/03/2011 3:34:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/02/11 | DORIE TURNER
    Atlanta schools caught up in cheating scandal get federal standing yanked over inflated scoresArticle by: DORIE TURNER, Associated Press Updated: November 2, 2011 - 9:32 AM ATLANTA - Georgia has revoked the federal standing for more than 40 Atlanta elementary and middle schools named in a massive cheating scandal. **SNIP** That means the schools can face sanctions under federal law and may have to return thousands of dollars in federal money for each year they reported inflated test scores.
  • Cheaters sometimes win (NY educational system)

    10/16/2011 8:19:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 16, 2011
    Mayor Bloomberg likes to boast of the “gains” made in city schools during his tenure, but the test scores and graduation rates he cites have long been suspect. Want to know why? As Susan Edelman reported in last Sunday’s Post, the folks at struggling Washington Irving HS in Manhattan apply a major, um, fudge factor. Can’t make the passing grade of 65 in some class? No sweat: Under Washington Irving policy -- spelled out in a school handbook and other documents obtained by The Post -- a failing grade of 60 automatically gets changed to a 65. Sweet! Score as...
  • Pelosi filing shows financial disclosure loophole

    10/12/2011 3:14:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/12/11 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A real estate investment by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's husband went undisclosed for years and has opened a window into a loophole that allows House members to avoid specifying some of their financial assets. In 2010 and 2011, Pelosi voluntarily reported the Sacramento, Calif., land investment as an asset of her multimillionaire husband, Paul. She had not reported the investment for about 10 years previously because it was held by an S corporation her husband had set up, said Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for the California congresswoman. Under House financial disclosure rules, lawmakers are not obligated...
  • Atlanta student 1 of 7 charged in SAT cheating scandal (paid between $1,500 and $2,500 for each)

    09/28/2011 5:31:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    WRDW ^ | 9/27/11
    Atlanta student 1 of 7 charged in SAT cheating scandalReporter: The Associated Press Posted: 3:26 PM Sep 27, 2011 GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A Georgia college student is facing charges he stood in for New York high school students and took the SAT exam for them. Six current or former Great Neck North High School students also were arrested on Tuesday. Nassau County prosecutors say Sam Eshaghoff was paid between $1,500 and $2,500 for each exam. Eshaghoff is a 19-year-old Great Neck North alumnus who now attends Emory University in Atlanta. He spent his freshman year at the University...
  • Cheating by California teachers invalidates schools' test scores

    09/19/2011 7:30:43 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 18, 2011 | By Howard Blume
    Twenty-two California schools had their test scores thrown out this year. Nearly half the campuses lost their Academic Performance Index scores because of cheating by teachers. Several others were penalized because of help teachers gave students that violated rules. Additionally, some school scores were rejected because of what appeared to be accidental actions. In most cases, schools or school districts turned themselves in. Because of budget cuts, the state Education Department no longer conducts random audits at schools or scans test booklets for irregularities. The number of schools with invalidated test scores remains relatively small but is edging upward. In...
  • Grade Tampering Allegations Rise In New York City Schools (cheating teachers score bonus loot)

    08/24/2011 10:29:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 8/23/11
    Grade Tampering Allegations Rise In New York City SchoolsAugust 23, 2011 12:10 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City’s special investigation commissioner says allegations of grade changing and test tampering by city teachers and school administrators have more than tripled since 2003. The commissioner, Richard Condon, attributed the rise to the higher stakes attributed to standardized tests and to the increase in the number of schools to 1,700 from 1,200 in 2002. “For a number of years you had bonuses being paid to schools that did better and that is one possible reason why there was an increase,” Condon...
  • Fulton County grand jury issues subpoena for probe of APS (Atlanta Public School) cheating scandal

    08/18/2011 6:15:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Clatl ^ | 8/17/11 | Miranda Sain
    Fulton County grand jury issues subpoena for probe of APS cheating scandalPosted by Miranda Sain on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 2:15 PM A criminal investigation has begun into the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal — and former Superintendent Beverly Hall could play a large role, the AJC reports: The subpoena, issued by a Fulton County grand jury, seeks comprehensive information dating back to 1999 regarding teacher transfers and demotions, bonuses paid to employees for improved test scores and copies of complaints from parents, teachers or students of possible improprieties related to Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. The subpoena also seeks signed...
  • (Main perp schools Superintendent Beverly) Hall: 'I Deeply Regret' Atlanta Cheating Scandal

    08/11/2011 7:30:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 8/10/11
    Hall: 'I Deeply Regret' Atlanta Cheating ScandalWSB-TV Updated: 2:44 pm EDT August 10, 2011 **SNIP** 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...
  • Records: $645K In Bonuses Paid To Schools Named In (Atlanta teacher cheating) Scandal

    08/10/2011 5:17:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 8/09/11
    Records: $645K In Bonuses Paid To Schools Named In ScandalRecords Detail Bonuses Paid To APS Staff, Teachers Updated: 6:37 pm EDT August 9, 2011 ATLANTA -- Channel 2 Action News 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,...
  • Cheating report confirms teacher's suspicions [Atlanta]

    08/08/2011 2:44:36 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 8, 2011 | Paul Frysh
    Julie Rogers-Martin had started to doubt her teaching skills. After 30 years in education, working mostly with underprivileged inner-city students, Rogers-Martin felt she had developed a level of competence and professionalism that can only be gained from hard work and experience. Her superiors at East Lake Elementary School in the Atlanta Public Schools system where she taught for six years seemed to agree. Administrators held her up as a model, praising her classroom management skills and use of technology and showcasing her class to parents and administrators, she says. But between 2007 and 2009 a strange thing started happening: Some...
  • Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 5:29:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    AP/CNS News ^ | Monday, August 08, 2011 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn't answered the call. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break. The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said. The goal of the No Child Left...
  • Parents defend Atlanta school caught up in scandal (Cheaters "are an example of what is right")

    08/03/2011 11:40:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    AJC ^ | 8/02/11 | Ty Tagami
    Parents defend Atlanta school caught up in scandalBy Ty Tagami The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9:39 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Parents of students at an Atlanta public school where cheating was alleged to have occurred on a statewide test on Tuesday night defended their school and teachers at a town hall meeting. “We’ve been extremely pleased with the instruction my children have received,” said Quinnie Cook-Richardson, one of several parents at the troubled West Manor Elementary School who spoke at the meeting. Her son’s teacher had him reading within a year, she said, adding, “They are an example of what is...
  • Schools scramble to stop cheating scandals

    08/03/2011 9:34:57 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Ben Wolfgang
    In the wake of school cheating scandals across the country, several states are racing to implement new testing protocols before classes resume. In New York, Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. created a task force last month to review all aspects of student assessment. "The Commissioner will be announcing a series of measures to ensure the integrity of our testing system before our students return to school in September," New York State Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman said in a statement Monday. Specific measures haven't been announced, but state officials said they want to avoid problems that have plagued school...
  • Pennsylvania Joins the List of States Facing a School (teacher) Cheating Scandal

    08/02/2011 7:00:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Post-Gazette ^ | 8/01/11 | MICHAEL WINERIP
    Pennsylvania Joins the List of States Facing a School Cheating ScandalMonday, August 01, 2011 By MICHAEL WINERIP, The New York Times **SNIP** Mr. Herold's first day was July 6. On July 8 about 9:30 a.m., Ms. Mezzacappa suggested he look at the enormous state file, and by 11:30 that night The Notebook had posted its biggest scoop. A total of 89 schools -- 28 in Philadelphia -- had been flagged by the state for, among other things, an improbably high number of erasures, as well as questionable gains on reading and math tests. Mr. Socolar, a data fanatic, calculated that...
  • VIDEO: Ch. 2 Special: APS (Atlanta Public Schools) Cheating Scandal - July 31

    08/01/2011 8:14:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 7/31/11
    Ch. 2 Special: APS Cheating Scandal- July 31Updated: 10:42 am EDT July 31, 2011 A Channel 2 Action News special looks into the weeks developments in the APS cheating scandal. This week Justin Farmer discusses how the district is hiring 109 new teachers amid the news APS is facing an $8 million deficit and will have to pay $1 million a month for teachers implicated in the scandal while they remain on leave. Also, Channel 2's Tom Regan and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Alan Judge join Justin for analysis on the week's developments.
  • APS (Atlanta Public Schools cheating) Teachers On Paid Leave Cost $1M Per Month

    07/30/2011 4:45:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 7/29/11
    APS Teachers On Paid Leave Cost $1M Per MonthUpdated: 5:57 pm EDT July 29, 2011 ATLANTA -- The superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools says the school system is in a state of crisis. The school board held an emergency meeting Friday morning where Superintendent Errol Davis described the school system’s financial crunch amid a scandal involving test cheating. Channel 2’s Tom Regan attended the meeting. “It’s a crisis in the sense that we didn’t plan for it, but it’s certainly one that we’re going to solve and work through,” Davis said. With the first day of school fast approaching, the...
  • Scandals in the Classroom (GA)

    07/27/2011 6:35:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 26 July, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafly
    A national scandal hit the news when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released a 413-page report describing how hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals had been cheating during the past 10 years on standardized tests in order to falsely report that their schools were doing a good job and the kids were improving. A total of 178 teachers and principals (38 were principals), 82 of whom have already confessed, had fraudulently raised test scores so their schools would meet test targets set by the district and thereby qualify for federal funds. The truth came out after a 10-month inquiry...
  • Atlanta Cheating Scandal Teachers Blame Testing! (Online Standardized Testing is the fix?)

    07/26/2011 4:16:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Gather ^ | 7/11/11 | Jaymie Pierce
    Atlanta Cheating Scandal Teachers Blame Testing!by Jaymie Pierce July 11, 2011 06:55 PM EDT Teachers caught in the big Atlanta schools cheating scandal complain about the pressure of achieving scores and targets from administrations in the school districts. Furthermore, they are attesting that it is the fault of the "No Child Left Behind Act." The Atlanta Journal reported today that the findings from the investigations gave three primary areas for the wide-spread cheating. The report indicates that all schools would be considered failing under the "No Child Left Behind Act" expecting 100% proficiency. The stern actions of sanctions against teachers...
  • Every Issue Except Cheating Taken Up At NEA Convention

    07/25/2011 5:25:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 25, 2011 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    A national scandal hit the news when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released a 413-page report describing how hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals had been cheating during the past 10 years on standardized tests in order to falsely report that their schools were doing a good job and the kids were improving. A total of 178 teachers and principals (38 were principals), 82 of whom have already confessed, had fraudulently raised test scores so their schools would meet test targets set by the district and thereby qualify for federal funds. The truth came out after a 10-month inquiry...