Parent: Deerwood principal unfairly tarnished by cheating allegations

The CRCT cheating scandal has cost several longtime administrators their posts.

Here is a letter to me from a parent upset that the APS principal at Deerwood Academy has been reassigned in the wake of the scandal. Parent Stephanie Robinson feels that Lisa Smith is being held accountable for something that — if it happened, at all — was not on her watch or within her power to change since she was not on site.

I just searched your blog and I found no information concerning the outrageous response to the so called cheating scandal at Atlanta Public Schools involving Deerwood Academy.

I am the parent of a Deerwood Academy student. Today, our beloved principal, Dr. Lisa Smith, was re-assigned to an agency position with Atlanta Public Schools and removed as principal at our school.

Based on a reading of the indictment against her, she is accused of “being the principal of an Atlanta Public School” and being on the payroll at the time of the alleged cheating. Both of course are true statements, but have nothing to do with testing improprieties.

No one at Deerwood has confessed to, been caught at, or been identified with cheating. The only ‘proof’ is based on the occurrence of erasures on 11 tests. And, by the way, Dr. Smith was in Savannah, on approved vacation, the day the tests in question were administered. Further, she was assigned to a different school for summer school on the year in question.

Ms. Downey, won’t you please help by getting the whole truth of these matters addressed in the AJC and on AJC.com? Will you please investigate this situation. These allegations are about to end the careers of some outstanding educators.

This country benefits when the press is actively involved in full investigations and not just repeating talking points.

Please investigate this subject and get the word out. I want my son to have the benefit of good educators. Don’t let a system looking for a scape-goat rob him of this fine Georgia education professional.

234 comments Add your comment

ScienceTeacher671

December 18th, 2009
5:54 pm

So, Maureen, have you talked to Dr. Smith or officials with APS? Are the parent’s allegations true?

Concerned Teacher

December 18th, 2009
6:21 pm

As an educator, I too am conerned with a principal being accused and punished unfairly. The precedent of what is happening to Dr. Smith will chart the course for possible ramifications to other educators. When will this end? I have to check the date of my calendar to see if this is indeed 2009 or are we stuck during the Spanish Inquisitions or the Salem Witch Hunts? When will the day return where the quality of education for children is the priority. Dr. Smith is a woman of high moral character and unwavering integrity. To cast this doubt on her character is shameful. Check her records since we are so concerned with being data driven. Her numbers speak for her integrity and quality not only as a principal, but as a teacher, an instructional specialist and an assistant principal. Maureen, please investigate this for what it is-and let the parents and teachers know the real truth.

james

December 18th, 2009
6:26 pm

The real issue here is that once Dr.Hall bucked the governor, they were going to teach APS a lesson and guess what, a wonderful and talented principal, Dr. Smith was caught in the crosshairs. It is wrong and shameful

Unjustly Crucified

December 18th, 2009
6:54 pm

What about Heather Vogle and Kristina Torres. Their stories unjustly crucified Dr. Smith without having all the facts. They too have a responsibility to give the public the “whole” story and not just bits and pieces to sell newspapers. I am disgusted to hear that this educator was on approved leave and has been dragged through the media all summer and fall without just cause. Shame on you Vogle and Torres. Where is your moral obligation to print truths?

Maureen Downey

December 18th, 2009
6:57 pm

ScienceTeacher, I just talked to APS: According to a spokeswoman, Dr. Hall temporarily reassigned Dr. Smith to the office of curriculum and instruction while her appeal of the PSC credential suspension is pending. The spokeswoman said Dr. Hall felt that Dr. Smith and her situation would be a “distraction” from teaching and learning at Deerwood so she made the decision. APS is not certain how long the appeal process will take, but Dr. Smith will stay in her temporary position in the meantime. I have not talked yet to Dr. Smith.
Maureen

Witch Hunt

December 18th, 2009
7:01 pm

This is unbelievable!!! I thought this was America- a place where you were innocent until proven guilty, but even with the facts being presented, it seems as if you are guilty even if the facts say you are innocent. You mean to tell me that you are guilty even if you were not present on approved leave and you were not even the principal during summer school? Your charge is that you are the principal of an elementary school. When is the media going to really jump on this. Shame on anyone who allows this to happen when presented with the facts. Your actions become your character. Where is your character to do what is right?

Deerwood Teacher

December 18th, 2009
7:02 pm

Today was a difficult day for students, teachers, and parents. I watched tears fall from so many faces that I lost count. The injustice that has occurred is mind boggling and distructive. The media made a mockery of a good leader’s name. They punished her without warrant. I taught during the summer of 2008 at Deerwood Academy. Dr. Smith was not present during testing because another principal was not only assigned to testing week but was responsible for the whole summer school. Dr. Smith is being punished because her name was on the building where summer school was housed. Today was just a bad day for us all. I wish Dr. Smith much success as she moves to a new assignment. She will definitely be missed. Deerwood will not be the same. I hope that the parents mobilize and make sure that this never happens again. As hard as she makes everyone work on behalf of children, and as tired as we all usually are, I must say, we truly loss a great leader today!

Maureen Downey

December 18th, 2009
7:06 pm

Unjustly, I just read over our news coverage and don’t see how anyone crucified Dr. Smith: Here is the most recent news story, which ran last week and is pretty straightforward. The decision to suspend Dr. Smith was made by the PSC, which heard the evidence and made the call.

Atlanta school officials said Friday that Deerwood Academy Principal Lisa Smith remained in her job for now but may not during the entire appeals process related to Thursday’s decision by the state to suspend her in the wake of a statewide test cheating scandal.

Smith is one of 13 educators overall sanctioned by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which acted after an audit by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement found evidence that four schools turned in questionable results for state tests taken in summer 2008. Deerwood was one of the four schools cited.

Smith’s attorney, however, said she denies “any knowledge of or any participation in cheating.” Attorney Warren Fortson also said Smith was not even on campus during the testing period because she was on vacation.

System spokesman Keith Bromery said Atlanta officials were evaluating the commission’s decision and “will take actions based on this evaluation in the future.”

Maree Wow!

December 18th, 2009
7:10 pm

Maureen,

Is this true? Was this principal absent during the testing week? Why is she caught up in this scandal? Can they really issue sanctions against her for the principal of the building where a summer school is housed even if there is another principal present? I am in school currently to be an administrator. This definitely has be questioning my goal. What can the parents in this community do to get this principal back on the building?

Concerned Parent

December 18th, 2009
7:13 pm

I can’t believe that this has happened to such as wonderful leader. I can truly say that as a parent my child has benefited from this leaders vision. There are so many accomplishments during her tenure at this school that I can’t begin to name them all. What I can do is not only bwe outraged but to do something about my outrage. How is it that the psc was able to get away with this unfounded decision? If I were members of the psc I would reevaluate this decision and take action. With all the facts being presented, maybe action will be taken against you for making such a crucial decision in haste!

Unjustly Crucified

December 18th, 2009
7:17 pm

Maureen,

Every article that the AJC put out last week indicated that the PSC issued sanctions to 6 Atlanta educators that the state believed tampered with tests. This is very misleading to the public because we were led to believe that these people handled testing materials. In order to handle testing materials, you have to be present. To now learn that this principal was not present during the testing administration is unfathomable. Shame on the AJC. Further, what in the world was the PSC thinking for approving a sanction against this administrator. I had always heard nightmare stories about the PSC and how prejudice and biased the members were, but this takes the cake.

What would do you call it?

December 18th, 2009
7:20 pm

Maureen, what would you call the actions against her? Fair? Just? If she is not being crucified, what is it?

Are you kidding?

December 18th, 2009
8:02 pm

Maureen,

I am a teacher in APS. I do not know Dr. Smith personnally but she has the reputation of expecting teachers to work really hard for children. Although I get mixed reviews when it comes to working under her leadership because of all the work expectations, I have always heard that people admire her for her integrity, openness, and honesty. The article that Vogle wrote during the summer time “Principals bear weight of testing” made her out to be this desparate cheater. Heather Vogle has a real problem with Atlanta Public Schools and writes articles that discredit the work of the educators. I gaurantee that her next article will make reference to Dr. Smith being reassigned and put it in a negative light to brag about herself making an inaccurate data discovery.

Question

December 18th, 2009
8:10 pm

Maureen,

Who was the principal in charge of the Deerwood Summer re-test if Smith was not there? Did GOSA question her/him? Was she sanctioned as well?

Great Loss

December 18th, 2009
8:21 pm

Losing Dr. Smith was a great loss to our school and community. I hope Dr. Hall knows what she is doing. The impact that this principal has on the total school is amazing. We may not have known all the facts but in our heart of hearts we knew that there was no way this woman of high character did what the newspapers insinuated. And yes, Heather Vogle has been awful with creating an impression of cheating on the principal’s part.

Justice is Serve!!!

December 18th, 2009
9:22 pm

Justice is serve. I agree with the Governor, Heather and Kristine (AJC Reporters). Mrs. Smith has done so much wrong. When you do wrong, there are consequences. Governor, now you need to look into the finances and the expense reports of the prior years of this school. How about look into the CRCT test of the first two years…For those of you who are saying Mrs. Smith was out of town, she has never missed important dates nor test. And if she was out of town then she still should be reprimand. She should have been there to make sure no test irregularities were there. Infact, if the Governor look into the many complaints and lawsuits as well as police reports written because of the purposely caused harm to parents and the school board sat back and did NOTHING. This embarassment to the community, the school, parens and children…this is the where the shame is. They all need to be investigated, Dr. Hall, School Board and the remainder Administrative Staff at Deerwood. Don’t get me wrong, I though Mrs. Smith was a very fine person when I met her over 6-years ago at Deerwood. Maybe if the schoolboard had did more maybe she coul have had more hans-on training and none of this woul have occurred. Who knows??? Good luck to Dr. Smith and her family…or should I say, thanks to God for moving on His time and not mine.

Ignorance Is Bliss

December 18th, 2009
9:25 pm

Before jumping on the bandwagon to help praise/defend Dr. Smith, have you taken the time to find out the basis of the PSC’s decision? Whether or not Dr. Smith was physically present during the testing, did she still have obligations or responsibilities related to the testing process? If you can’t answer these questions, your comments are addressing the wrong issues.

Tell me what the PSC said was the reason Dr. Smith was sanctioned, not what was printed in the AJC. The AJC didn’t have a vote in neither the investigative committee making the recommendation, nor on the Commission that voted to impose the sanction.

Every good leader knows that one can delegate AUTHORITY, but not RESPONSIBILITY.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think I would have chosen to schedule my vacation for a time when there were no critical activities occurring in an area that I am responsible for.

NA

December 18th, 2009
9:28 pm

I think this is what happens when there are perceptions of wrongdoing. If APS had acknowledged the fact that cheating is not impossible, and properly investigated these charges to begin with, you would have had better information being given to the public.

Justice is Serve!!!

December 18th, 2009
9:46 pm

Justice is served. If the APS School Board had looked into the many complaints and allegations that were brought to them verses sweeping them all under the rug, this would have not come to this. At this point, the actions as stated against Mrs. Smith is an embarrassment to this community, the school, parents and most of all the students. Yes, there was another acting as Summer School Principal, but how was “she” benefitting from “cheating?” She would not. From the first strory told, Mrs. Smith was on a “workplan” and if the school DID NOT pass, it’s possible the principal would have been removed anyway…so good luck Dr. Smith. You should take half the school board and others with you. THey should have taught you by holing your hand as a new principal. You are not alone….carma is somehing ;o)

ScienceTeacher671

December 18th, 2009
10:11 pm

None of this seems to make much sense….why would the PSC sanction someone who wasn’t even involved? Then again, why would someone who didn’t stand to benefit risk his or her career?

oldtimer

December 18th, 2009
10:54 pm

I agree with Science Teacher 671……Something is not right!

terri

December 19th, 2009
1:38 am

Any time a high stakes test such as the CRCT is given, guess what? The stakes are high. They are high for the students, teachers, principals, test scorers, and on and on. It’s akin to putting all your eggs in one basket. I’m not surprised if there was cheating. It’s happened again and again across the country. I’m not surprised that they’ve gone after this principal exactly as they have either. This type of witch hunt has gone on again and again as well. Until people realize that these tests are destroying our educational system and are willing to get up off their badonkadonks and demand change, it will continue. Good educators will be lost and would be educators will choose a new career path. It’s just that simple.

adam

December 19th, 2009
6:11 am

Cheating tarnishes the image of anyone involved.let’s not forget that it’s students not teachers who will go to any extreme to cheat. Even when reviewing answers to graded tests, many students view this as the perfect opportunity to change answers and claim, “Look! You marked it wrong but I was correct.” As an educator, I lose complete respect for that child and for the remainder of the year, that child is just a body in the room. Give me an honest D student over a cheating A/B student any day.
Maureen, the same holds true in journalism. Once a reporter is even accused of plagiarism, as long as that stigma remains with one reader, it’s time for the reporter to move on.

truth

December 19th, 2009
6:26 am

Clearly writers “justice is serve” and “ignorance is bliss” match their the latter name. Before you pose questions perhaps you should look at the facts. Have you read the investigative report because your statement clearly seems “ignorant” or should I say not informed. I want bother to go back and share the facts because maybe they will be comprehended better if you read them again. Furthermore, if I were you I would be careful about what ill harm you wish to others-some how it always ends up coming back to harm “you or the ones most close to you”.

Dont Change the Subject at Hand

December 19th, 2009
6:37 am

The fact is that a good educator has been wrongly punished for something that they assumed happened. From what I understand here are the facts:
1. The summer school was to be held at Continental Colony.
2. Continental Colony was being renovated.
3. Deerwood’s building had to be used.
4. The Principal of Continental Colony was the Summer School Principal not Dr. Smith
5. The Deerwood Assistant Principal was the summer school site administrator
6. The Principals from the five neighboring schools rotated during the summer school program serving one week only while the Summer School Principal was responsible for the total program.
7. During the week of testing two APS principals were assigned to monitor inclusive of the Summer School Principal.
8. Dr. Smith had not responsibility over the summer school as lead principal because it wasn’t her assigned year.
8. These APS principals reported no irregularities.
9. Dr. Smith was not on campus during testing week.
10. Dr. Smith was approved vacation leave to take her kid to college.
11. Dr. Smith is being held responsible for the alleged testing irregularities.
12. There has not been a conclusion of whether an adult actually changed the students’ tests or if the students did it themselves.

To Ignorance is Bliss-you are definitely ignorant to the facts so here they are. She was not responsible for this summer school another principal was. A good educator is being railroaded. I’ve seen it before and here we have it again. She had every right to take vacation during testing if it wasn’t her summer school site.

To Justice is Serve-you do sound bitter! Read the facts and then carefully make a comment without soooo many typos. I hope that it is not true that you were a secretary. Stick to the wrongful act of the PSC and the Governor. They are absolutely wrong in this situation and they need to correct it. Since you brought up God-Dr. Smith was selected by God to be the poster child for this. Perhaps he needed someone who could articulate, influence, and make a difference. You should hide your head in shame. Never missing an important date may be your truest comment as she dealt with her son’s first college experience. Good for her.

Who are these clowns?

December 19th, 2009
6:39 am

Who are these clowns? Clearly you skipped school and went right to the circus which is evident through your statements above particularly “Justice is Serve” and “Ignorance is Bliss”. Can you read because clearly you missed the boat on this one. Are you aware of APS’ policies and procedures during summer school. Why would someone choose a different vacation time for testing that they are not responsible for overseeing. Here is a tidbit for you. Summer school testing is not spring testing. Hello!!!!!!!! It was not her authority to delegate because she was not in charge. They were five other schools on site for testing. Your statements are ignorant and misplaced. Please read if you can and this time read for understanding.

Amen

December 19th, 2009
6:47 am

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What's really important?

December 19th, 2009
6:51 am

Let’s get back to what’s really important. This school and community have loss a great leader. Those who have enjoyed the programs that the children have benefited from (Demonstrations of Learning, Elaborate Awards Day Programs, Deerwood Clubs, Exploratory Tuesdays etc.) will see the unfortunate changes. Although the vision is still at Deerwood, how can the vision truly continue without the visionary? So for you selfish naysayers, I hope you can afford to pay for extracurricular activities, extra tutorial services etc. Unfortunately change is not always good. Many forget that in the long run it is the children that suffer.

What's really important?

December 19th, 2009
6:58 am

Let’s get back to what’s really important. This school and community have lost a great leader. The vision is still at the school but can the vision truly continue and operate at high levels without the visionary. All the things that the children benefit from (Demonstrations of Learning, Deerwood Clubs, Exploratory Tuesdays etc.) will change. Then you naysayers will see. I hope that you can afford to pay for extracurricular activities, extra tutorial services, etc. Change is not always good. Please remember that it is the children who suffer the most.

6 Years At Deerwood

December 19th, 2009
7:00 am

I am up early after tossing and turning all night. I am soooooo sad. My leader is gone and really I just want to leave the school now myself. Most teachers and staff members are totally depressed over this. We all know how hard she works and what she expected from us. Only those people who did not truly know Dr. Smith would never understand her passion for making sure students learned. We had to go above and beyond the call of duty if we wanted to remain at Deerwood. She made that very clear. Only those who wanted to do the bare minimum or who didn’t believe in the children were asked to pack their things and go. I admire her for that. Sure, I bet that over the course of six years, she probably did have complaints but school principal doesnt’t. There was bad blood between the previous Secretary and a handful of parents who wanted to control Dr. Smith. Thank God she stood strong against them. Our school became a better place because she did. The secretary launched a bogus lawsuit against her and did not win. These parents aforementioned went on a letter writing campaign against her and still Dr. Smith has remained in high regard among parents, students, community leaders, and staff. She never let them see her sweat or stop her speed. I know that God has her. I learned four years ago that she was a God fearing woman when I worked late one evening and came to her office to hear her listining to her Pastor on tape. From that point on my level of respect grew in deeper. I know that Dr. Smith was not involved in any testing irregularities. God would have her to be out of town so that she could fight with everything that she has. I believe she is chosen to speak out against this injustice. I will miss her collaborative leadership and her “everything will be ok” demeanor. This is just a travesty, hands down!

Spirit is Low

December 19th, 2009
7:11 am

I am a teacher at Deerwood and I can honestly say that things will never be the same. With the visionary goes the vision. Dr. Smith held people accountable and accepted no excuses. Many did not like her for it and many admired and respected her for it. I have never felt so compelled to pack up and leave like this before. I really do not want to stay at the school because I know that the change will happen quickly. Deerwood Academy is an excellent school that was organized for the “whole” child. I am not too sure if someone else can pull this off. It took courage and passion to rid the school of the naysayers that were educators and parents alike. Ridding the school of the previous secretary and her cronies had to be done. I have been there a long time and never has Dr. Smith cheated or lied. She has always been straightforward with all of us. Sometimes a little to candid (as a New Yorker we learned to understand her candidness). She was a transparent leader that allowed for teacher/parent/community input to make our school a better place. My spirit is low. I will join any group of parents and community members who want to fight this injustice. I will not sit idly by and watch this happen.

Question

December 19th, 2009
7:14 am

Maureen,

Have you spoken to Governor Perdue about this situation? What is his take on the botched investigation that Ms. Mathers and her team completed. From what I understand, they did not interview the summer school principal at all. How could this be? Were they just after the Principal of Deerwood.

Totallyin Agreement Esq

December 19th, 2009
7:21 am

I agree with the science teacher. Something is not right. I just reviewed the Mathers report and it is totally one sided. Where is the data that shows wrong to wrong and right to wrong information. Did Deerwood need 11 students to pass this test? Deerwood’s erasure data is significantly lower than the other schools. I did the math and only fifty five percent of the answers changed became right. Deerwood had a 3.5 standard deviation jump after retest. Why was this an outlier? The newspaper indicated that 4.0 or higher was significant. I smell a rat or shall I say a lawsuit. Dr. Smith may become a very wealthy woman behind this!!!!!!

No justice served

December 19th, 2009
7:21 am

The Witch Hunt Gang should be ashamed

Totallyin Agreement Esq

December 19th, 2009
7:28 am

In fact, if anyone knows Dr. Smith, have her to call 678-552-2772. We will win this hands down. There is no way she should be held responsible for a summer school site that was not her responsibility as per her district. If she has any proof that the district assigned another principal to be in charge, this case will be a not brainer. She needs a good attorney that will go after GOSA, the PSC, and the state for tarnishing her name all summer. In the state of Georgia, they made her the face of this because she works in Atlanta. The other school administrators are not as juicy of a story. For all readers, this is the time that people will come out of the wood work to take jabs at her. Ignore them and understand the facts only. Those people do not matter. Mathers and her team along with the boards that approved the sanctioning of this educator are wrong and should have to pay for their blatant error.

Totallyin Agreement Esq

December 19th, 2009
7:37 am

Maureen, Can you contact Dr. Smith and pass my number on 678-552-2772. She will definitely win in the appeal if she has any evidence or documents that can show how the district assigned another principal over this summer school site. This is a no-brainer. I would however like to see her go after the state board of education, GOSA, and the PSC for tarnishing her good name and making her the face of all of this simply because she works in Atlanta Public Schools. Your newspaper did a hatched job as well. Ms. Vogle was relentless when it came to persauding the public that this Principal was indeed a cheater. She has a semi-case because of Torres’ article that indicated that the educators were the one responsible for changing students answer documents. She cannot make changes to a document if she was not on the premises. Shame on Heather and Kristina. Journalism has to be about the whole truth, not the art of persuasion. I applaud you for doing this blog. Dr. Smith will set the precedence for educators across the US and I want in in this. Mark my words, this is going to be big.

The children

December 19th, 2009
7:39 am

I hate to see the children suffer from this. I hope that the new leader will continue the vision and mission of Deerwood Academy. But it would really be hard for someone to come in and continue with something they may not believe in or have the vision for. Let’s fight to keep…Schoolwide field trips, Saturday tutoring, monthly/quarterly performances, student of the month ceremonies, meeting AYP, fall festivals, spring flings, student dance, May Day/Field Day, Club Tuesdays, and most of all qualified teachers/staff members( most at Deerwood hold a master-doctoral degrees)who are dedicated to the vision and a leader who assist in executing the vision that has given so many students the skills that they need to be successful in life.

Totallyin Agreement Esq

December 19th, 2009
7:42 am

One more thing Maureen. Who conducted the PSC investigation? The fact that Dr. Smith was not the principal in charge should have come out at this level even if GOSA failed to make the discovery. Did he or she fail to make the discovery as well? Was the ethics board and the PSC ill informed? It just gets better and better.

Life after Death

December 19th, 2009
7:53 am

There was a death march that started last week on Thursday when the PSC made their ruling up until yesterday when Dr. Smith served her last day at Deerwood. Through all of this do you remember her courage, smiling when she really didn’t feel like, hugging on children because they needed it, observing in classrooms to make sure teaching at high levels was going on. I admire and respect this awesome leader. Shame on anyone who says anything other than she served us well. Dr. Smith left all of us with something that we need to hold near and dear. The listing of instructional offerings was probably the most profound document that she put in our hands and we just didn’t realize it when it was given to us to make decisions about. We know what we have to do at Deerwood to make Deerwood continue its excellence. Pull your listing out and let’s continue offering what we offer. Let’s make Dr. Smith proud.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

December 19th, 2009
8:32 am

It’s pretty obvious the principal’s supporters- and a couple of detractors- are the vast majority of the posters.

The Observer

December 19th, 2009
9:54 am

Only one question.. Is she a doctor ? DOes she have her Ed.D. or Ph.D? According to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, all she has is an L-5 (which means a Leadership Certification with a Master’s ) If she had her doctorate she would have a L-6 (which is equivalent to a Leadership Certification with a Doctorate) You cannot call her or pay her as “Dr. Smith” without proper documentation, or can you? The public is free to type her name in and select Lisa Smith with Atlanta Public Schools and view it for yourselves. Although many are offering their support in efforts to clear her name. Please do not be ignorant to the nepotism that exist in Atlanta Public Schools. This just maybe the spiral of effects of not doing things the right way to begin with. She may not be to blame at all for the changing of the grades of ONLY DEERWOOD students and no other summer school students that were attending that session, but who is? Surely the Summer School sight coordinator would not have just change ONLY DEERWOOD students and no other students. Why should we want to get the principal at Deerwood in trouble and not any other principal at any other APS school? ( Maybe because there were no other student’s whose answers were erased!!) When you are not inside of Atlanta Public Schools to see the “dirt”, you only can speak on what you know (which is what most parents have done). This is not to belittle any of the parents’ concerns, It just to let you know that many schools in APS deceive outsiders on a regular basis and they do it pretty well. Its just an observation… Please be alert and conscious at all times…Make decisions based on “what is” and not “how you feel”.

This is just an observation

Flash

December 19th, 2009
9:57 am

I am an educator he was wrong to cheat.it is his fault he is a grown man please lets keep it real and many more have been cheating.he has to pay the price.

Dewitt

December 19th, 2009
10:14 am

Why would a principal take a vacation during a major testing period! I don’t care if the test was during the summer; I would still be present to show support for the students at my school. I am currently an administrator and wouldn’t think about taking a vacation during the most important test of the school year!

As far as Heather Vogell, she is doing an excellent job with covering the obvious cheating that has been taking place in APS since I could remember. I am a former administrator at APS and I can assure you that Ms. Smith is getting what she deserves. Continue your fabulous work of uncovering the most corrupt school system on the planet- APS.

Ridiculous

December 19th, 2009
10:22 am

Dewitt you are truly pathetic in your thinking. Have you read any of the facts? It wasn’t her summer school. Another principal was responsible for it all. Her school building was used due to renovations at the responsible principal’s building. This is not what Smith deserves. This is what the other principal deserves. Shame on her for not coming forward. How could you see your colleague going through all of this and not take a stand. Shame Shame Shame. Vogle is dangerous for printing half truths and collaborating with Mathers to bring APS down. We all know that they are in cohorts together on this entire scandal.

Flash???

December 19th, 2009
10:23 am

@ Flash – please, oh please, tell me you are not truly an educator – that post illustrates a lack of reading comprehension, as the person the blog is about is a “she” and not a “he.” It also demonstrates an appalling lack of knowledge of the rules of grammar – lack of capitalization as well as punctuation.

To Dewitt

December 19th, 2009
10:25 am

According to one of the other posters, she was taking her child to college – I think that’s a pretty good reason to take a “vacation.”

Dr. Phil

December 19th, 2009
10:30 am

What about Sonny Perdue’s retroactive tax bill that pocketed him $100,000 and led to an IRS audit? And, of course, Michael Adams fleecing the UGA Foundation and putting his wife on the payrole? And all of those legislator junkets with the lobby? A huge double standard!

Ridiculous

December 19th, 2009
10:30 am

Dewitt, it is hard to believe that you were once an administrator in APS. You would then know and understand that Smith is not getting what she deserves. The summer school site was not her responsibility. It was the responsibility of another APS principal. That is who deserves all of this. Shame on her for not coming forward and taking a stand. Vogle should have done a better job telling the total truth instead of forming alliances with Mathers in effort to bring down APS. The children in this predominantly black neighborhood are the losers in all of this. Careful Dewitt, if this can happen to Smith, it can happen to you. That is why she must fight on behalf of all principals and administrators. I too am a principal and take vacation during the summer time. When we are told that our buildings have to be used because of renovations else where, we are never told that the summer school is now our responsibility along with an assigned principal. That is ridiculous. I am ashamed of my colleague that is allowing this administrator to suffer her consequence.

Ridiculous

December 19th, 2009
10:34 am

Dewitt, it is hard to believe that you are an administrator. You are truly pathetic in your thinking. Have you read any of the facts? It wasn’t her summer school. Another principal was responsible for it all. Her school building was used due to renovations at the responsible principal’s building. This is not what Smith deserves. This is what the other principal deserves. Shame on her for not coming forward. How could you see your colleague going through all of this and not take a stand. Shame Shame Shame. Vogle is dangerous for printing half truths and collaborating with Mathers to bring APS down. We all know that they are in cohorts together on this entire scandal in effort to bring a negative light to the positive progress of APS.

This is Ridiculous

December 19th, 2009
10:37 am

My goodness Dewitt. Are you serious? Read the facts. This woman was not over the summer school site. Her building was used for the space due to renovations at the assigned principal’s site. Why shouldn’t she take vacation? Dewitt you are truly pathetic in your thinking. Have you read any of the facts? It wasn’t her summer school. This is not what Smith deserves. This is what the other principal deserves. Shame on her for not coming forward. How could you see your colleague going through all of this and not take a stand. Shame Shame Shame. Vogle is dangerous for printing half truths and collaborating with Mathers to bring APS down. We all know that they are in cohorts together on this entire scandal.