Did APS officials suppress probe into CRCT cheating?

In the latest installment of stories on the Atlanta Public Schools CRCT cheating probe, the AJC reports that school officials played down the scandal that now has escalated to GBI agents and special prosecutors investigating potential cheaters.

In reading the lengthy story — which I hope you all do before commenting — I am most concerned with the failure to release the University of Pennsylvania report that supported the suspicions of possible score tampering first raised by an AJC investigation. I am not as concerned about the omission from the blue-ribbon panel report of a single anonymous charge lodged against Hall. I don’t give much credence to a single anonymous complaint.

Take a look at the story and let me know what you think.

Here is a excerpt from the AJC story:

Atlanta Public Schools officials, including Superintendent Beverly Hall, carried out a broad campaign over two years to suppress mounting allegations of widespread cheating on standardized tests, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found.

Public documents recently obtained by the AJC reflect an urgent, behind-the-scenes attempt to contain a scandal involving the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in 2009. Hall and other district officials exerted far greater influence than previously acknowledged on a purportedly independent investigation of 58 schools with suspicious test scores, the records show, and withheld critical information from the public and state officials.

For months, Hall’s public stance toward suggestions of endemic cheating in the 50,000-student system bordered on aloofness. But the documents, which include drafts of investigative reports and e-mails, show numerous instances when district officials’ actions contradicted their public statements.

Hall pledged not to interfere in a state-mandated investigation. But the records show she or her aides had a hand in virtually every facet of the inquiry: from screening potential investigators to interviewing witnesses to crafting and editing the final report of the panel leading the review, known as the Blue Ribbon Commission.

In an interview Friday, Hall said she has done everything possible to ensure that all allegations were thoroughly investigated and denied trying to obstruct any inquiry.

“I really believe that this attempt to create an image of a district covering things up really is not fair,” Hall said.

Commission leaders also denied hiding key information.

But drafts of the commission’s report show a diminishing negativity in each major revision. In particular, two significant sections were altered or deleted after commission members met with Hall for what records described as a “talk thru-review” of the report.

The report also dropped any mention of the most serious allegation concerning Hall to date: An anonymous caller claimed that she and two members of her inner circle had condoned cheating for years and told principals to achieve test-score targets “by any means necessary.”

Efforts to downplay irregularities surrounding the CRCT date to at least 2008. Through the end of 2009, Hall and her staff repeatedly denied cheating was a possibility and, at one point, Hall signed a letter to state officials that gave false information about an inquiry into test manipulation at one elementary school, a transcript of an employee hearing shows.

Finally, officials withheld an academic’s study that largely confirmed findings by the AJC last year of statistically improbable score gains that suggested cheating. Not even school board members got copies of the study.

Nevertheless, the district brought in two experts to investigate.

The first, instructional consultant Douglas Reeves, said he observed teaching practices in the 12 schools that could account for the unusual score jumps. The district posted Reeves’ report on its website.

The other expert, Andrew Porter, dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate education school, was hired to perform a detailed statistical analysis. In large part, he confirmed the AJC’s findings — a blow to the district’s attempts to explain away the “outliers.”

New records show Hall received a draft of Porter’s study on Feb. 22. He e-mailed her a second draft in March and his final version in May.

Hall did not share the reports with the Atlanta school board, members say. In July, when the AJC requested the documents under the state Open Records Act, district officials said they had no material from Porter.

It wasn’t until November, in the midst of the criminal investigations, that Porter’s report came to light.

Hall said she deleted e-mails containing the report. After determining the commission had its own copy, she said, “I never dealt with it again.”

– By Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

184 comments Add your comment

Nikole

December 19th, 2010
10:21 am

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 19th, 2010
10:24 am

Real simple; fire her.

Joe Wang

December 19th, 2010
10:28 am

Is anyone surprised? Really?

Lee

December 19th, 2010
10:36 am

Terminate Beverly Hall and any of her assistants who participated in this coverup immediately, for cause. Second, file complaints with the Professional Standards Board in an attempt to get their teaching/education certificates revoked where they will never work for another school system in Georgia again.

This is the only way for APS to ever regain credibility.

One more thing, we’ll be waiting for that apology from former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, you know, who chastised the AJC for breaking this story.

schlmarm

December 19th, 2010
10:37 am

Isn’t it as clear as day by now? Bye Bye Bev.

Double Zero Eight

December 19th, 2010
10:41 am

Sheds more light as to why Dr. Hall decided to leave APS in June. It appears that there was considerable veracity in what many bloggers posted in past months.

Whimpy

December 19th, 2010
10:42 am

FIRE ALL THEIR BUTTS.

Echo

December 19th, 2010
10:50 am

Would love to see some administrator with evidence that the orders came from the county office stand up and put the evidence out there. Are they all so scared for their crappy jobs? The teachers who were part of this need to fess up as well…tell EVERYTHING!

APS Teacher

December 19th, 2010
11:06 am

How anybody can continue to defend APS, pretend widespread cheating didn’t really happen, and wasn’t instigated by a thoroughly corrupt system is beyond me. The writing is on the wall.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

December 19th, 2010
11:12 am

“I don’t give much credence to a single anonymous complaint.”
Ah, when it’s the only complaint out of 51 left out- and left out after a meeting with Hall, a meeting that shouldn’t have happened anyway- that doesn’t say anything to you?
Look, I see you as an ‘honest broker’- a middle(wo)man who brings people to the table for discussion, with no particular axe to grind (We all have our own personal biases brought with us from our life experiences; yours as an educated professional, with kids, who has dealt with education issues from a ‘consumer’ position is a plus.). But can you answer just why Hall and her actions hasn’t at least made you skeptical of her? It seems as if, because you have dealt with her personally, through interviews and coverage, the professional respect you have given her for her position has morphed somewhere to liking her as a person, and it has clouded your view of her. Just my opinion, which is worth as much as I get paid for it ($0.00).

TopPublicSchool

December 19th, 2010
11:12 am

Try reporting this info to the Governor’s office and see what happens now. They intend to push this off on DEAL…I predict DEAL will probably drop all the charges because it will cost the taxpayers too much money to criminally charge everyone involved.

This is a cover-up from top (Buckhead) to bottom (Beverly Hall, Deputy Superintendent, Kathy Augustine, H/R Millicent Few,Comptroller, Margaret Coleman)

The problems with APS are deep rooted. The TEST CHEATING is just the tip of the iceberg.

The problem that needs to be addressed today is this…
GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE OPENED THIS PANDORA’S BOX…
He obviously did not know how many of his buddies were wrapped up in the scandal.
Beverly Hall has enough ammunition to expose too many affluent business men in BUCKHEAD.
This is the very reason they attempted to help her cover.
Now, they will underhandedly exchange their loyalty for her resignation.

Beverly Hall has all of the Buckhead Business community in a tail spin.

If you want to report possible wrong doing within APS…TRY…
Call the Governor’s office…They will send you to the GBI.
The GBI cannot address your issues unless they have a police report from the Atlanta Police Department…

When you call 9/11 for Atlanta Police…to report…
Atlanta Police will tell you they do not handle anything to do with Atlanta Public Schools.

You will need to report your issue to ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS DETECTIVE UNIT.

BEVERLY HALL HAS HER OWN POLICE DIVISION, TOO.
Figure this one out…
Call the wolf to tell them the chickens are out.

The PUBLIC NEEDS TO INSIST GOVERNOR PERDUE OPENS A COMPLETE INVESTIGATION FOR NOT ONLY cheating on test scores….

But Investigate what possible criminal acts have been covered up for the misuse of public funds.
Prosecute all those involved.

This issue was started on PERDUE’S WATCH. He needs to finish it and open the investigation on all levels. I suspect Perdue is hiding something, too.

Is this just another MOCK investigation for Perdue’s buddies?
Governor Perdue’s office takes ACTION with APS
http://www.youtube.com/user/TopSchoolAtlanta#p/u/4/7ykbZYUIHRk

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

December 19th, 2010
11:20 am

APS Teacher, they *have* to continue to deny, delay and deceive: their very inner selves depend on it. Just as they have lied over and over and over to ‘outsiders,’ this has had the effect of cnvincing themselves that what they say is the truth. It’s why pathological liars can’t be caught by polygraphs: they believe, through repetition, their own BS.

sally barker

December 19th, 2010
11:22 am

Yes, it is very clear even to the fool eyes, that Beverly Hall selected principals, these principals selected teachers to cheat on the CRCT test…fired them all, with Beverly Hall being first in line.

TopPublicSchool

December 19th, 2010
11:26 am

@ Lee …The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is just as corrupt as APS. They have their hands in this, too.
READ the previous ARTICLE about APS and JOHN GRANT,III.
I believe John Grant III is a relation to JOHN GRANT at Professional Standards Commission.

The entire safety net for reporting wrong doing in APS is carefully woven into a den of inequity.
The mess is running down the legs of all those involved from top to bottom. This is a political mess.

PSC / Warren Fortson / Reich / Cesspool of Inequity
http://www.youtube.com/user/TopSchoolAtlanta#p/u/9/b1vFdKXudjM

TopPublicSchool

December 19th, 2010
11:28 am

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS officials are waiting for their savior…
Nathan Deal

I think the intent is to cover all this up …for the right DEAL.

Ros Dalton

December 19th, 2010
11:34 am

They’re still struggling desperately to minimize the damage and protect as many cronies as possible. Make no mistake, the same people who created this mess remain in the exact same positions of power having casually thrown a few sacrificial lambs on the fire. Politics as usual.

What?

December 19th, 2010
11:50 am

RE:TopPublicSchool
December 19th, 2010
11:12 am

It's true

December 19th, 2010
11:53 am

RE:
TopPublicSchool
December 19th, 2010
11:12 am
What TPS says about filing a police report is true – I had the same experience with GCPS after a student (who was not in my class) threatened to kill me. Police report was circumvented exactly as TPS says!

TopPublicSchool

December 19th, 2010
11:54 am

What will DEAL do?

Falsifying documents and CREATION OF FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS during an investigation is NOTHING NEW and business as usual in Atlanta Public Schools…
http://www.youtube.com/user/TopSchoolAtlanta#p/u/4/7ykbZYUIHRk

This subject is a total embarrassment to all tax paying citizens in the city of Atlanta—APS—Under an umbrella of leadership directed by Superintendent, Beverly Hall- Atlanta Public Schools has more to hide than just cheating on standardized tests. Everything and everyone needs to be scrutinized carefully to make sure these unprofessional leaders are held responsible for their actions. They do not need to leave their posts with dignity. It is impossible to justify any support for their psychopathic, self-righteous administrative attitudes. How many additional corrupt administrators will be left in the upper ranks in decision making positions to “carry on” with business as usual in APS. Beverly Hall’s resignation will not cleanse this den of inequity.

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Touchée

December 19th, 2010
11:58 am

The cycle of abuse… Alcoholics begets alcoholics; child abusers begets child abusers; wife beaters begets wife beaters; molesters begets molesters….etc…

What did you expect nearly all-Black-led school systems to do? Continue the cycle of abuse of previous received from all-White-led school systems!

That is why nearly all-Black-led school systems(APS & DCSS) operate at the expense and detriment of its majority Black students. They are continuing the treatment they received from all-White-led school systems.

Bev Hall, Crawford Lewis, Felicia Mitchell, Ramona Tyson have NOTHING in common the parents and the students who attend their school systems. They have escaped the trappings of poverty and racism only to visit them on the students they handicap for the future with the poor education and expectation they have for them.

Karma

December 19th, 2010
12:18 pm

So what does the Concerned Black Clergy have to say about this? And where are you, Shirley? It’s nice to see all the dirt laundry out, but the question is this: is anyone going to do something about it? Is Bev going to be allowed to say “It wasn’t me!” and that’s the end of it? Why are Atlanta “leaders” more concerned about this big fat bozo woman and her reputation than they are about APS children?

Karma

December 19th, 2010
12:18 pm

TopPublicSchool

December 19th, 2010
12:20 pm

@ It’s True…and it’s all true…and if it is not true…i sEEEz prove me wrong!
That was why I filed an Anonymous investigation in 2001 and then filed a grievance to protect my superior reputation.

Unfortunately, these safety nets for reporting wrong doing proved to be the ropes used to hang me out on the school house lawn.

I have first hand experience as to the vile actions APS will stoop to in their attempts to silence the messenger.

It’s all recorded…and documents stacked to the ceiling.

I took it all the way to the Federal Court House using my retirement and equity in my home…only to watch Warren Fortson and the Buckhead connected folk manipulate 3 federal judges. These people are desperately trying to hide something bigger than we can all imagine. I laughed as I walked out of the Federal Court House -Martin Luther King used in his fight for civil rights. Since 2001, I stopped thinking there was anything I could do but collect the information I could acquire through open records and write a book. I gave up on the justice system long before we ever walked into the court house. I KNOW BUCKHEAD ALL TO WELL. That is why I made these video tapes…It’s as truth telling and relevant today as it was when it was all actually happening…
THIS IS BUCKHEAD’S TOP SCHOOL…BE PROUD…VERY PROUD!

Some think it’s old news…I don’t think so…,

If not…why wouldn’t they let the grievance hearings and proper investigations conclude.

They will do anything to silence these issues.

ATLANTA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE BURNING FROM THE INSIDE OUT…
The leadership is a DISGRACE TO OUR CITY.

What DEAL will they make in the next round of politics as usual?
The public needs to demand more of their leaders…This is a disgrace to our city.
Small town with Big Buildings…Atlanta ain’t all that progressive…and if this is the MOST PROGRESSIVE CITY IN THE SOUTH…What does the rest of the SOUTH look like?

Uh-oh!

December 19th, 2010
12:28 pm

Not even smart enough to cheat right.

Taught for APS

December 19th, 2010
12:28 pm

I taught for APS.

One CRCT morning, I was called to the school office. I was led into the principal’s office. I was shown the CRCT mathematics exam booklet and was told to look through and memorize it, quickly.

The principal and vice principal stood behind me. I pretended to do so.

I was allowed to go back to my kids.

I thought that was the end of it – but sure enough, they came by to ensure I was teaching the questions I saw, before the exam began. I had to put random math questions on the board.

Luckily, they believed me to be teaching the CRCT they showed me, nodded their heads in approval, and went on.

I remember that day, I went home, and just got under the covers and cried and cried. I was so young. I didn’t even know that one day, it would be okay to stand up against them. Thank you to the ajc!

I would also like to add it is very interesting that an anonymous caller claimed she/another condoned cheating for years, stating to principals that they should utilize and incorporate “any means necessary.” This is the same exact language that my principal used. Every year, before the CRCT, we would have the talk that we must achieve certain scores “by any means necessary.” Same exact wording. He told us that it was a quote by Malcolm X that their superiors down at headquarters beat into their heads. They were the words under which we were to administer the CRCT. Now, in this ajc article, here the words are again. I would like to hear more about that anonymous caller’s information.

Larry Major

December 19th, 2010
12:33 pm

Why is the state distributing advance copies of a secure, high-stakes test?

TopPublicSchool

December 19th, 2010
12:34 pm

Not sure why I am being filtered…

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Long Time Educator

December 19th, 2010
1:03 pm

Is it really that hard to imagine what will happen if the idea of “merit pay” comes to fruition using standardized test scores to determine teacher pay? You can’t put that kind of pressure on people and expect that some of them won’t fold. When the choice becomes between your personal integrity and putting food on the table for your family, it isn’t so easy to stick to your principles.

I once taught in a school that won a large technology grant – mega bucks. However, in order to keep the grant, the students had to show vast improvement on the yearly standardized tests. We were given copies of the test booklets a week in advance, and told by the administration in a special meeting, “We’re not telling you to cheat, BUT, if we lose this grant, we will lose money for teaching positions. Those of you with the lowest scoring students will be the first asked to leave.”

Teachers were Xeroxing pages out of the booklets and sending them home for homework. They talked about writing answers on the board during testing. Many of them were single moms, and were very afraid of losing their jobs and not being able to support their families. I myself followed ALL the security procedures, keeping my booklets locked away, and not even looking at them till testing day. I resigned that year in disgust. Thankfully, I had a supportive family and no dependents. It gave me a bit more freedom to walk away. I suspect I would be fired anyway, as my students did not benefit from cheating.

Lo and behold, the percentage “gains” made that year were statistically “improbable” and in stepped the government investigators. Heads rolled, but not mine. I guess my students’ scores weren’t that improbable” – though they did make significant gains.

I would love to say that all teachers are professional and trustworthy, but the truth is, teachers are human. They have weaknesses. Not all of them will put honesty before monetary gain, especially if those around them are cheating and benefiting from it. Tie pay to standardized testing, and you can rest assured cheating will go up, and teaching to the test will become the norm. A well rounded, deep reaching education which promotes critical thinking and problem solving will become even more difficult to obtain as teachers focus on discrete testable skills.

Suavez

December 19th, 2010
1:06 pm

@TopSchools-
Leave the principal at Jackson Elementary alone. I would take her at my kids school in a heartbeat. You seem to insinuate she is racist for concentrating hispanic kids in a single classroom. Seems like a great idea to me until they are proficient in English. Why should the other kids in the class suffer because the teacher has to spend most of their time on the hispanic kids? I think all the kids should be grouped according to ability.

TopSchool

December 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

Suavez – Peace be with you…I’ll pray about this one.

TopSchool

December 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

Maureen…what happened to my last post?

TopSchool

December 19th, 2010
1:32 pm

Inclusion vs. Exclusion
Our Public School’s Challenge

You can’t have it both ways…
Gifted, ESOL for some ( Asian ), Academically Challenged,
All code words for segregation of the minority.

Define the Public School’s GOALS and OBJECTIVES for 2011 not 1960.

TopSchool

December 19th, 2010
1:35 pm

Still looking for my other post…did it get lost?

Maureen Downey

December 19th, 2010
1:48 pm

@Top, Your post is out. The filter does flag long posts now and then and any with more than two links.
Maureen

catlady

December 19th, 2010
1:50 pm

Suavez: because it is AGAINST THE LAW to make all-black or all-Hispanic classes based on race! You even have to be careful which classes are assigned to the trailers out back. It cannot be the sped classes!

At my school our reading classes are grouped by skill level (not ability or intelligence) and our Hispanic kids are in every class. (Can’t make an observation about black kids, as we have none). If we grouped by intelligence/ability, the bottom class would be 95% white.

On topic: The PREPONDERANCE of EVIDENCE indicates at-the-top involvement in the cover-up. That alone is grounds for dismissal for cause of quite a few at the top, thus saving the APS taxpayer a ton of money. As to the idea, floated earlier, that firing Hall at this stage would be “too disruptive”–how on Earth is this NOT a total disruption?

End the excuses. End the mindless fawning. End the race-baiting (that the results were not believed because people think black kids cannot achieve). Call it like it is. There was cheating. The cheating was set in place by the administration and its demands. When called on for the cheating, the administration used race-baiting, obfustication, lying, and every other kind of perfidy to avoid being found out. Those outside the school system should also be exposed if they assisted in this.

Now it is time for PEOPLE OF INTELLIGENCE to demand that it end, and that all ill-gotten money be returned forthwith. Let there be indictments and arrests, followed by convictions and jail for those involved in this massive theft (of services, money, etc.). But start the end NOW.

This would be no more disruptive than what is going on now. The circus needs to be taken down and packed away.

justbrowsing

December 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

Amen catlady!!!!

TopSchool

December 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

APS- A Pony Show…Amen @ Catlady—Call Governor Perdue’s office…Watch them dance around the issues!!! Ask to speak to Angie Allison.

RIP APS

December 19th, 2010
2:51 pm

I can’t wait until this whole thing is on ‘America’s Dumbest Criminals’.

TopSchool

December 19th, 2010
2:54 pm

Thanks Maureen …I could not have ranted on about that again. And the beat goes on…
not much has changed since 1960…

TopSchool

December 19th, 2010
2:55 pm

That’s why I don’t teach no more…no more ..no more again…
And the wheels on the bus go round and round…

Ed Johnson

December 19th, 2010
3:46 pm

Kudos to the Heather Vogell and Alan Judd and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) for their continuing coverage! Their reporting continues to be an invaluable service to Atlanta, and beyond.

Certainly, genuinely democratic- and civility-minded citizens and taxpayers greatly appreciate it. Unfortunately, entities such as Atlanta’s business and civic leaders, Mayor Kasim Reed, Concerned Black Clergy, and AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) seem not to.

How unfortunate Vogell and Judd missed the school board’s public “Professional Development Workshop” where the essence of Superintendent Beverly Hall’s CRCT cheating cover-up scheme was openly frosted with the hired aid of the international public relations firm MSLGROUP (MS&L Worldwide).

In this installment of their continuing coverage, Vogell and Judd write: “The June 22 draft also said test scores may have been manipulated in 41 of the 58 schools. After consulting district officials, the report’s authors changed ‘41’ to ‘12.’”

Look over the following data to judge and see for yourself how the superintendent and Atlanta business and civic leaders (as embodied in the school board’s Blue Ribbon Commission) came to finger just twelve specific schools for cheating, and how their decision amounts to an obvious, nonsensical framework for cover-up.

APS Schools’ Percentage of Wrong-to-Right Classrooms
Schools 1 to 58: More than 10% of school’s classrooms cheating
Schools 1 to 41: More than 25% of school’s classrooms cheating
Schools 1 to 12: Hall’s short list, the “Dirty Dozen”
===============================================
100.0% 01–DUNBAR ELEMEN
89.9% 02–PEYTON FOREST
89.5% 03–PARKS MIDDLE
87.0% 04–GIDEONS ELEME
85.0% 05–VENETIAN HILL
83.3% 06–BLALOCK ELEME
83.3% 07–CAPITOL VIEW
81.0% 08–F L STANTON
78.4% 09–PERKERSON ELE
78.4% 10–USHER ELEMENT
78.3% 11–CONNALLY ELEM
73.3% 12–SCOTT ELEMENT

72.2% 13–WOODSON ELEME
71.7% 14–TOWNS ELEMENT
71.4% 15–WHITEFOORD EL
70.4% 16–KENNEDY MIDDL
69.2% 17–D H STANTON E
64.4% 18–BOYD ELEMENTA
61.9% 19–WEST MANOR EL
61.1% 20–TURNER MIDDLE
57.1% 21–FINCH ELEMENT
55.6% 22–EAST LAKE ELE
50.0% 23–BENTEEN ELEME
48.9% 24–BEECHER HILLS
48.9% 25–WHITE ELEMENT
48.1% 26–DEERWOOD ACAD
47.6% 27–HUTCHINSON EL
47.2% 28–FICKETT ELEME
46.7% 29–COOK ELEMENTA
44.4% 30–HUMPHRIES ELE
40.9% 31–FAIN ELEMENTA
40.9% 32–THOMASVILLE H
40.7% 33–TOOMER ELEMEN
39.4% 34–SLATER ELEMEN
38.1% 35–BENJAMIN S CA
33.3% 36–DOBBS ELEMENT
31.6% 37–CLEVELAND ELE
30.2% 38–CASCADE ELEME
28.9% 39–COAN MIDDLE S
28.8% 40–HERITAGE ACAD
28.6% 41–ADAMSVILLE EL

28.2% 42–C W HILL ELEM (Closed, so omitted)
25.0% 43–UNIVERSITY CO
24.6% 44–GROVE PARK EL
24.6% 45–M A JONES ELE
23.9% 46–HARPER ARCHER
22.2% 47–HERNDON ELEME
20.8% 48–BETHUNE ELEME
20.8% 49–PARKSIDE ELEM
18.3% 50–MILES ELEMENT
17.3% 51–SYLVAN HILLS
15.8% 52–BOLTON ACADEM
15.4% 53–THE BEST ACAD
13.7% 54–KIMBERLY ELEM
12.2% 55–LONG MIDDLE S
12.0% 56–YOUNG MIDDLE
10.7% 57–KING MIDDLE S
10.3% 58–BURGESS PETER

10.0% 59–BROWN MIDDLE
9.7% 60–GARDEN HILLS
6.8% 61–BUNCHE MIDDLE
5.9% 62–IMAGINE WESLE
5.1% 63–CHARLES R DRE
4.8% 64–CONTINENTAL C
4.6% 65–INMAN MIDDLE
4.4% 66–CORETTA SCOTT
3.7% 67–HOPE ELEMENTA
3.2% 68–PRICE MIDDLE
2.6% 69–KIPP WEST ATL
2.4% 70–MORNINGSIDE E
1.0% 71–BRANDON ELEME
0.9% 72–JACKSON ELEME
0.9% 73–SUTTON MIDDLE
0.0% 74–APSCEP PARTNE
0.0% 75–ATLANTA CHART
0.0% 76–CENTENNIAL PL
0.0% 77–LIN ELEMENTAR
0.0% 78–NEIGHBORHOOD
0.0% 79–RIVERS ELEMEN
0.0% 80–SMITH ELEMENT

© Ed Johnson
Advocate for Quality in Public Education
Atlanta GA
edwjohnson@aol.com

Karma

December 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

Go Catlady! But here’s a question – what intelligent people? I mean, look at Shirley Franklin. I consider her, as a lot of people do, to be extremely intelligent. But look at her actions regarding this whole circus. The Concerned Black Clergy, Andy Young – No, not the brightest. It seems like the intelligent people suddenly turn stupid or are blinded by racism or reverse-racism. Or the intelligent people don’t give a rat’s behind because their kids go to Woodward. I don’t know what the answer is. I work for APS as I’ve said before, at one of the “12.” I hate working there. I pray every week that I will win the lottery and be set free. It’s like working for the biggest bullies you ever encountered. Add to that a principal who says things like “We is.” I have complained, I have done everything you are supposed to do. All I get out of it is more threats, more bullying, more micro-managing. When I see articles like this one I feel hopeful, but there is always the very good likelihood that nothing will come of it. Beverly Hall will walk away along with her group of nasty cronies, and someone else just as horrible will take her place. APS will still be manufacturing diplomas for illiterate children. Teachers will still be bullied and treated like garbage. I wonder if they are hiring at Starbucks…

long time educator

December 19th, 2010
3:54 pm

Maureen,
I have been using the NAME “long time educator” for the last several months and am surprised to see someone else using it in today’s comment section. I did not know this was possible and am disappointed that someone could represent themselves as someone else.

Springdale Park Elementary Parent

December 19th, 2010
3:55 pm

Maureen, you have more than once used this forum to publicly express your support and admiration for Bev Hall. The fact that she deleted emails with a report she herself commissioned (her only possible rationale being a wish to circumvent the Open Records law), combined with everything else your paper unearthed on this story (including more slimeball tactics by the execrable Keith Bromery) together should finally persuade you that you and everyone else who continues to say “yes, but….” about Bev Hall are doing the parents and children of APS a huge disservice.

Every day Beverly Hall goes to work at the Trinity building is another day we must delay rebuilding the core competencies of–and public trust in–the Atlanta Public Schools. You okay with waiting until next summer to START this massive overhaul? Because I’m not.

We’re tiptoeing around the obvious moral and practical solution (frog-marching Hall out of town) because you and some other people who should know better (Shirley Franklin, Andrew Young, et al) are all gooey and sentimental about this woman who for so long has inexplicably had you in her thrall.

If you want to make up for the fact that you (and many others) were thoroughly duped by this astonishingly immoral predator, join the rest of us in calling for her immediate departure.

catlady

December 19th, 2010
4:05 pm

BTW, do you remember how long D. Reeves stayed in each of the 12 schools to come up with his conclusion that the scores were plausible by looking at their instructional practices? As I recall, it was a matter of minutes, excluding the time to travel (assuming he is not Santa). Talk about NO CREDENCE.

How STUPID do B. Hall et al think we are? Well, so far, the jury is out on that. You see, for whatever reason, the governor’s office, office of student achievement, and media were cowed into buying this load for far too long.

Atlanta: The city too busy to think.

chillywilly

December 19th, 2010
4:19 pm

I want Beverly Hall, Keith Bromery, Kathy Augustine, all SRT Directors, Sharon Pitts, Millicent Few, Chuck Burbridge, Nader Sohrab, Crissi Calhoun, Penn Payne, & Veleter Mazyck terminated and banned from the CLL Building by the close of business THIS Friday! It’s time to indict some folks. I smell a rat in APS Finance and it’s time to expose that booger. This is “Come Clean Week” at APS.

catlady

December 19th, 2010
4:19 pm

Springdale Park Parent: Whoo-eee! You can really turn a phrase! (”had you in her thrall”, “astonishingly immoral predator.”)

I would pose another possibility for why B. Hall deleted the information from her email: The Richard Nixon defense. It was “accidently” deleted.

catlady

December 19th, 2010
4:26 pm

You know, like his secretary, Ms. Woods, claimed. “I had my foot on erase button as I stretched all the way across the room (10 feet) to answer the phone while I was transcribing the tape.” Or somesuch other. “I was looking at the takeout menus that the restaurants send around and deleting them and I just happened to scroll down and delete all those copies of the report.”

BTW, HAS an independent, forensic IT investigator taken apart any computers at Trinity to see what “bugs” hide inside?

Loretta

December 19th, 2010
4:29 pm

I’m curious about Parks, one of the dirty dozen. The principal over there is now downtown heading the Middle School Transformation department. Parks is on its second interim principal. The first interim still works there part time. The current interim is a “borrowed” assistant principal from Price Middle. So if the original principal has a new job, then why do they have an interim? Also, why did they give this dude another job? His school only had the highest number of inconsistencies of any middle school in the state. I don’t know if he cheated or not (haha) but surely someone else might have been a better choice.

Good old Beverly has an answer for everything. I love how she defended Lucious Brown at Kennedy by saying he was only having his defense attorney question teachers during their planning time. Isn’t that the same planning time where teachers can’t even leave to go to the bank or make a personal phone call? I thought that time was for instruction related purposes. How are Mr. Brown’s personal legal issues instruction related? You can’t have it both ways.

So this is what, the tenth time Bev has been caught with her hand in the cookie jar? I want to see this woman thrown in jail. And Kathy Augustine, Sharon Pitts, and everyone else with her. I want these principals Hall hired to go with her too. I want all of the graduation coaches, math coaches, SFA coaches, model teachers, and other worthless employees to be let go.

We’re waiting!