Eleven Atlanta teachers convicted in mass cheating scandal

Eleven former school teachers have been convicted for their involvement in a scheme to falsify student test scores.

They changed wrong answers to demonstrate student progress, and some received performance-related bonuses.

The scheme was revealed after a local paper reported that some of the scores were statistically unlikely.

Eleven were guilty of racketeering and face lengthy prison terms, with a 12th acquitted, in one of the biggest ever cheating scandals in the US.

  • simus1

    Wasn’t this an episode on The Simpsons?

  • BillyHW

    Way to devalue black academic accomplishments even more, teachers.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Every time we see stuff like this it penalizes those who actually work hard and achieve good grades.

  • Edubeat

    Sounds just like Katie Wynnebagger telling us the Ontario graduation rate is 90%. Methinks they doth do grade inflation too much

    • Not hard to manage when no one is allowed to fail.

      • Clausewitz

        I’m constantly at war with the credit recovery team at our school. Their mandate is to get a pass for the slackers and layabouts who most times don’t even come to class. They help no one. The student doesn’t learn the material or skills taught in class, and they get rewarded for fucking the dog all semester. All so that Dipshit Wynne can make this outrageous claim.

      • Petey

        Back in the 1960’s only 5% of graduating Ontario high school students were Ontario Scholars (80% average or higher). Today it’s 60%. I’m sure it’s because they’re so much more brilliant.

  • I’m sure this is not atypical an occurrence.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      In the inner city, it seems to be an endemic practice.

      • Let the digging begin.

        These students – despite their many short-comings- were used by unscrupulous people. Someone failed them. There must be a reckoning.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Maybe, maybe not.
          I’ll assume that you don’t know and teachers that have had to teach an inner city classroom.
          Until recently, I didn’t.
          At the end of the day, in those environments, nothing much that the teacher does really matters.

          • I know what inner-city schools are like (and why, therefore, some black Americans decide to home-school or send their kids to charter schools). That doesn’t excuse these crooks.

            As for the “students” in these schools, let them be boots on the ground in Syria. If they survive, they get their university education paid for.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I’m certainly not excusing them or what they did, I just don’t think many of the inner-city types are educable in the sense that you and I know the word.

          • Indeed.

            How many of these kids were even read to?

            When little Jantivarious or Shalaquisha (Sidebar: the names already condemn them to a poorer life) have zero literacy (there is NO way you can spell those names), it’s unlikely they will succeed in class.

    • Clausewitz

      It is what you can expect when the “Sisterhood” runs the school. Talk to folks in Buffalo about these folks. Mainly black female teachers who are as dumb as stumps. They tend to hire people who are not qualified, or not even intelligent enough to fake their credentials.


      • And to think that teaching was a vocation!

        • Clausewitz

          For some of us it still is. When I went from the private sector to teaching I took about a 40% pay cut, but I was so pissed at how the schools were treating boys in the system I thought I could change some things for the better. Lets just say it’s been a struggle at times.

          • Education and job training will have to be re-thought sooner or later anyway, not just salaries, ect for teachers. Let’s ask these “educators” if they would be willing to teach for a smaller percentage of their current salary if it meant more money was going to educational aids. I suspect many will leave the profession.

  • Frances

    It was obviously “screw the students; I need my bonus”. Real teachers have high standards for their pupils, and do their best to help said pupils reach them.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    There’s that persistent “gap” again.

    Reason: Racism!!!
    Solution: Throw more money at the problem!

  • bob e

    i’m thinkin’ .. neither the teachers nor the students nor the parent
    care about education .. they care only of maintaining the gov’t
    paying for everything they need, flash cars , flash cash, reefer, unrestricted breeding & gansta’ lifestyle