Beverly Hall yanks 12 principals in wake of CRCT cheating report. Throwing them under the bus or cleaning house?

One poster described Beverly Hall’s reassignment  today of the 12 principals whose schools were implicated in the most extreme examples of CRCT cheating as “throwing them under the bus.”

Is Hall throwing her employees under the bus or cleaning house?

And what will the first day of school look like at Gideons, Usher, Peyton Forest, Perkerson, Venetian Hills, Scott, Connally, Dunbar, F.L. Stanton and Capitol View elementary schools and Parks Middle with temporary leadership? (There is one more school that will be affected, the one led by the former principal of Blalock, which has closed, but made the dirty dozen list released this week by the Blue Ribbon Commission charged with figuring out if there was cheating and where it occurred.)

Teachers and students are returning to campuses without principals.

Here is what APS released today:

Having had the opportunity to fully review the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) report, Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall today ordered the immediate reassignment of the principals at the 12 Category 1 schools referred to in the BRC report as being of concern for possible violations associated with the administration of the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). These reassignments are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The district also plans to refer 108 APS employees to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission next Monday.  These are the employees who were recommended for further investigation in the BRC report.  One of the individuals named in the report, who does not hold an educator certificate, is not being referred to the PSC, because the commission only investigates certificated employees.  That investigation will be coordinated by APS.

The district has already put into place specific actions recommended by BRC investigators, including new testing policies and test security procedures that were implemented prior to the administration of the 2010 CRCT exam. APS on Monday will launch a 12-week accelerated academic recovery program for certain students at the schools singled out by the state for concern because of the number of erasures on the 2009 CRCT exam.

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justbrowsing

August 6th, 2010
6:26 pm

I knew it- someone had to be sacrificed and it was not going to be her.

100% under the bus. Not even up for debate.

August 6th, 2010
6:30 pm

Throwing them under the bus. Won’t dare fire them, because if they have nothing left to lose, they’ll start squawking about what is really said off the record in those principals’ meetings.

100% under the bus. Not even up for debate.

August 6th, 2010
6:32 pm

What do you want to bet right now there will be an effort to fire teachers long before any effort to fire administrators? Administrators know and can testify to too much dirt. Teachers you better get your lawyers well armed with subpoenas and ready to take depositions, because they’ll be coming for you soon enough, and it won’t be about transfers in your case.

100% under the bus. Not even up for debate.

August 6th, 2010
6:33 pm

So much for the new and improved blog filter.

100% under the bus. Not even up for debate.

August 6th, 2010
6:34 pm

Enter your comments here

Can't believe it's only 12

August 6th, 2010
6:36 pm

Reassignment —- APS’ version of the rubber rooms that were prevalent in the NYC education system. Keep paying them while the story dies down and reassign next year or hope they go somewhere else or elect to retire (if eligible).

And only 12? Should have fired principals at all the schools identified in the report (the 50+ schools) and tried a fresh start – rotate out the staff and teachers at those schools, break up the cozy relationships that allowed this to happen.

Get rid of Dr. Augustine and the layer of management she created – all those SRT – school reform teams. Should be much less overhead, especially since we’ve deconstructed nearly all the high schools and middle schools into these small learning communities – meaning more principals with fewer staff to manage. So why do we need so many layers at Central Office?

Either way, taxpayer money being wasted to continue paying salaries while kids fail.

Teachers better prepare

August 6th, 2010
6:39 pm

Teachers if this isn’t a wake up call that you are being set up for the fall, and you better have the most aggressive representation possible, you aren’t asleep, you are comatose.

Maureen Downey

August 6th, 2010
6:40 pm

@1oo percent, You are not in the filter. No one is. Whatever happened to your post and the one that Catlady lost can’t be blamed on the filter.

ScienceTeacher671

August 6th, 2010
6:41 pm

Beverly Hall knew or should have known what was going on in her district long before now. She needs to go.

Of course, bigger cheating scandal is the one perpetrated upon the entire state by the GaDOE, in which they tell children who are as much as 4 years below grade level that they are “proficient” in reading and math.

100% Not even up for debate

August 6th, 2010
6:41 pm

Perhaps a bit too premature on blasting the new blog filter. Apologies. I’ll name a blue ribbon committee charged with absolving me of all responsibility.

Maureen Downey

August 6th, 2010
6:44 pm

@100 percent, Wittiest comment of the day.Consider yourself fully absolved. Now, go tell your story to WABE.

catlady

August 6th, 2010
6:48 pm

Well, my post was pretty inflamatory. So maybe it is better to just drop it. Otherwise I might blame B. Hall for its disappearance.

The bus has pulled up to the Greyhound station. Someone is going under. All aboard.

When you have something this wide-ranging, the bus stops at the top.

Heiffer

August 6th, 2010
6:49 pm

The principals have not been thrown under a bus yet — they still have jobs, are still getting checks, and are merely being “shifted” — not fired, as they need to be. Let us hope that they’re not being sent to a place where they can do more damage. The teachers, on the other hand, who may have been doing bad deeds because they were ordered to do them by their principal, may have a case.

But, per my long-term Cobb educator mother, now retired, some teachers have always cheated. And that was without the financial incentive that Ms. Hall (and NCLB, of course) has given to all teachers, administrators and schools.

It seems to me that this goes to the very top — and has been going on for years.

catlady

August 6th, 2010
6:51 pm

100 percent, be sure your wife, mother, children, and pastor are on that BRC.

UNaffiliated Voter

August 6th, 2010
7:18 pm

Get your children OUT of government screwls as fast as you CAN!

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Rob

August 6th, 2010
7:38 pm

APS will never be competent and trustworthy until they put Beverly Hall under the bus and jail.

Echo

August 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

Reassigned = keep ‘em quiet. Why isn’t there more uproar coming from the teachers in APS? The teachers will lose their jobs, the administrators will be protected because they know how this all came from the top.

dcb

August 6th, 2010
7:44 pm

Some people are never satisfied. Truth is we don’t have enough information to judge whether what Hall did was warranted or paramount to simply being a “throwing under the bus” act. Conclusion – Hall would never be a winner with those critics regardless of what she does.

Hmmmmmmm

August 6th, 2010
7:46 pm

They should ALL be FIRED! Period, any teacher that allowed a principal to dictate doing something that is totally wrong is crazy….. At some point a descent teacher says NO. Get rid of all the CRAP!

HStchr

August 6th, 2010
7:47 pm

The principals are being reassigned to keep them from talking and telling who “encouraged” them to improve scores however possible. I’ll bet the farm they have a no disclosure agreement in there somewhere. The teachers are the easy ones to get. You let the PSC be the heavy and the system looks like they’re taking action. Now, I do think any teachers who agreed to change answers should have their certificates revoked, but come on, is that fair while prinicipals are “reassigned” and allowed to keep paychecks? Everyone involved at every school should be fired and have their certificates revoked. This is Beverly’s administration doing some very serious CYA.

gateach

August 6th, 2010
8:10 pm

This is sad. I got into teaching to help students but there is so much B.S.& politicking involved. Teachers ( and admins) as well are under an intense amount of pressure and scrutiny because of all of the high stakes testing( thanks NCLB !). The American public education system (including APS) needs to be dismantled and thrown out. It doesn’t work and hasn’t for a long time.

bases are covered

August 6th, 2010
8:12 pm

B. Hall , ROFL, knows what will happen if she fires any of those principals. No principal will lose their job over this PERIOD. She has to cover her tracks and can not allow even one to lose their payoff paycheck or she is done. Persons will be reassigned, promoted, vertically repositioned at the same pay; new title.

Go ahead, Bev, fire one and see what happens.

Statistically speaking from the data I have looked at “I don’t know what the hell was going on” but the questions everyone are asking me are so beneath me I’ll let my driver answer them.

bases are covered

August 6th, 2010
8:15 pm

also, Please change the wording in the title; NO ONE has been removed

that would imply let go or fired and we know that is not the case

Die Hard Believers

August 6th, 2010
8:20 pm

They have a school on this list that( they the nay says) i would bet my life on the pure quality of this school.My sister, her children,my children and my only grandson have all went to this school.My youngest daughter went to UGA has five degrees,now she is in her third year at Harvard(YES I SAID HAVARD) and she is a product of this wonderfull school.My oldest daughter was a good student as well she had a full ride to college. My grandson came out a top student in his class always has been an A&B student.I see that first off all of these schools are black school and i feel like they went on a witch hunt just to lay blame on someone so that they would’nt look foolish when they could find no wrong .Some of these schools are great schools and you are ruining peoples lifes and their children lives but God has ther last say and i pray that these principles innocents is brought to the light . Yes!!!!!She thru them all under the bus if she the keeper and the flock does wrong(so it has been said) then who should go down with the ship ????

LOVING THE ALL MIGHTY C.L.GIDEONS AND MR.SALTERS AND EVERY TEACHER THAT COMES THRU THAT DOOR EVERYDAY FOR THE LOVE AND HEART THAT THEY HAVE ALWAYS SHOWN TO EACH AND EVERY STUDENT. YOU ARE ALL LOVED AND NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!

really funny

August 6th, 2010
8:21 pm

What if just one of the 108 referred to PSC, starts talking. Says they got direction from a dirty dozen principal and was lead to believe that this directive to up scores came directly from the central office.

I bet Hall will change her mind about sending those names to PSC. Whether or not its true some mud will stick.

georgia alum

August 6th, 2010
8:23 pm

Perhaps it is time to investigate and question the leadership of Supt. Beverly Hall. This was far from a impartial Blue Ribbon Panel. Hand picked friends of the district circling the wagons to provide cover. I am still waiting for her to take responsibility instead of blaming it on her staff. Nothing ever sticks to a Teflon Superintendent.

NWGA teacher

August 6th, 2010
8:45 pm

Reassigned = bait and switch. Throw the Rascal out.

100% under the bus. Not even up for debate.

August 6th, 2010
8:46 pm

Thank you Maureen. I would love to talk to WABE, but I think in fairness to Mr. O’Hayer, he’s had more than his fair share of implausible deniability this week.

puff

August 6th, 2010
8:46 pm

What a lame white wash attempt. Bev will never get away with it.

mbrown

August 6th, 2010
8:49 pm

A sad day for education. Funny how I hear no mention of children in your comments the true victims in this mess

APS Educator123

August 6th, 2010
8:50 pm

This scandal is bigger than what is being revealed…ALL 109 employees are being thrown under the bus. They are Beverly Hall’s scarifical lambs. This scandal was really system wide and all the teachers in APS is aware of this. If more employees had been revealed then BH would have been on the line. Bottom line is they are under the bus.

Lib Ruhl

August 6th, 2010
9:05 pm

Racially charged accusations pure and simple

Can someone explain?

August 6th, 2010
9:11 pm

If it were truly just 109 educators, how do you explain, once the testing protocols were put in place, how APS had the single biggest drop in CRCT scores in the entire state of Georgia this year?

bootney farnsworth

August 6th, 2010
9:15 pm

its a stupid question.

Teacher

August 6th, 2010
9:20 pm

Can I too get caught cheating and be reassigned to the Central Office? Seems like a much easier and better paying job. (I didn’t think so!)

Can someone explain?

August 6th, 2010
9:22 pm

Please enlighten us as to why it’s a stupid question.

APSTeacher

August 6th, 2010
9:28 pm

@Die Hard Believers, if your daughter has 5 degrees then she would be too old to be a part of the cheating. Understand this, cheating is rampant in APS. Whatever success your kids have had is due to your hardwork as a parent, and the teachers they had (you should be proud). It was never stated that every teacher in the 12 schools cheated. However the cheating is a reality. It’s not about race, especially since there are other school systems with 100% black populations that had a 0.0% chance of cheating.

Placing someone in central office is not really being thrown under the bus. And if they should go, shouldn’t she go as the head of the organization?

Charles

August 6th, 2010
9:36 pm

any idea when the PSC will be able to investigate – are we talking another 6 months, 9 months year?

Charles

August 6th, 2010
9:43 pm

Need to follow up also in Dekalb – where schools that had made AYP for years are suddenly on the needs improvement list after state monitoring – Will PSC follow up on those employees who were reassigned or in some cases left the state at the end of last year knowing what was coming? Can their certificates be revoked outside of Georgia? It seems, unfortunately, that the AJC is the only one out there following up. It may be time for the resources of the state attorney general to be called into play to bring quick closure. Final closure for Atlanta City can only happen with a change in Leadership at the top. B. Hall realizes that or she would not have removed the 12 principals. 12 down Ms. Hall – one to go…

Echo

August 6th, 2010
9:54 pm

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what the “jobs” of these dirty dozen will be? They still collect pay and benefits and there will be people hired to take over their old jobs at the schools. That sounds like a lot of money to me. Where did APS find all this extra money sitting around?

Echo

August 6th, 2010
9:57 pm

I also forgot to mention that administrators do not have fair dismissal rights (some people know this better as “tenure”) and they can be fired at anytime with or without cause. Interesting that these 12 weren’t just canned. Things that make you go hmmm!

Charles

August 6th, 2010
10:00 pm

Echo – administrators do not have tenure – but do have fair dismissal rights while under contract. Each administrator has a 1 year contract signed in July. B Hall has a three year contract.

HS Teacher

August 6th, 2010
10:10 pm

@Maureen – LOL! Administrators are not “removed” or fired like us lowly teachers. Administrators are “reassigned” to another position and maintain their job, salary, perks, etc.

Everyone in education knows that the ‘contracts’ for employment are complete BS. They mean nothing except to protect the interest of the school system.

APSmotherof2

August 6th, 2010
10:25 pm

Pray for the children of the Atlanta Public Schools system. They deserve highly qualified and honest teachers to prepare them for this demanding world. Ethical leaders are a MUST!!!

really funny

August 6th, 2010
10:26 pm

@mbrown

how true

ITeachnotCheat

August 6th, 2010
11:09 pm

As a teacher at one of the 12, I am insulted that our school is even part of this. Everyone says think of the children. Well, no one thought of the children when at less than an hour left in our planning day we were called in a meeting to tell us that we won’t have our principal on Monday. Our staff was outraged and cried like a baby. It is unfair that because of assumptions,etc. that our school has to be without a honest and genuine administrator. Our school is heartbroken and dismayed, but was told to continue on for the sake of the children. In my opinion we never forgot about the children…..it was those like Beverly Hall who would rather disrupt the beginning of a school year and not stand up for her employees, I’m disgusted by what has happened and has totally become dishearten by educational politics. BEVERLY HALL has thrown the administrators, teachers. and students ALL under the bus! She better remember what comes around goes around.

Devil's Advocate

August 6th, 2010
11:51 pm

So, just to be clear, the majority of posters are supporting teachers and administrators who cheated on state tests?

That says it all…

Karma

August 7th, 2010
12:16 am

I too teach at one of the twelve schools. I never saw cheating there. But I do have some common sense and can see that obviously someone somewhere cheated.

Beverly Hall says these DELUSIONAL things and then spouts off to us CONSTANTLY about DATA!!! And everyone has a DATA room, and we use DATA driven best practices, and always look at the DATA, ad nauseum. WTH?

And now she’s throwing out these principals, she’s got some nerve and a big ego that needs to be deflated, pronto. I thought our principal was good, but he was there, there was obviously cheating, he either knew about it or didn’t and should have. Either way, he’s got to go. Not down the road to Bev’s Palace with a paycheck for doing nothing. Canned. Fired. The boot.

It’s called accountability and this sorry excuse for a person, not to mention superintendent, needs to practice what she preaches and leave so people who actually care about the students can clean up the mess she has made. And this is the mess that will only get worse the longer she stays and the longer she makes all these excuses.

Isn’t APS supposed to be a “No Excuses” system? What a joke.

OK, better get off the blog now, need to go dust off my resume.

Know the Facts

August 7th, 2010
12:21 am

The majority of the persons who posted seem to really know what is going on. @ Devil’s Advocate, do you? Do you know all of the red tape every school in Georgia has to cut through before administering a standardized test? It would take a whole lot of work to cheat. Additionally, the report does not have enough information to give to the GA Professional Standards Commission and/or a court of law. As the article quotes the report “referred to in the BRC report as being of concern for possible violations.” Possible is the operative word; in other words they do not have sufficient evidence, but they did have the media and persons like you backing them so that Beverly Hall will feel pressured to make a Major move.