By the AJC Editorial Board
“We trust the media and public will focus on the main findings of the report that there is no orchestrated cheating in Atlanta Public Schools.”
— Beverly Hall, August 2010, summing up an investigation solicited by the district.
Atlantans know what came next, after truth’s chisel crumbled walls of denial.
Scores of communities from Maine to California may find themselves enduring a similarly traumatic experience, based on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Cheating our children” series, which found that test scores in nearly 200 school districts resemble those that drew Atlanta into the biggest cheating scandal in American history.
Thus, national attention has once again turned toward Atlanta. Unlike when the cheating scandal first surfaced, Atlanta can now provide an instructive example of how to address a civic tragedy.