APS fires back in CRCT probe: We’re doing our job

APS turned up the volume in its smack down with the investigatory team appointed last year by Gov. Sonny Perdue to probe CRCT cheating in district schools.

The embattled system fired off a three-page defense calling the investigators’ accusations of central office intimidation and obstruction “highly improper during a pending investigation.”

What’s interesting to me is that this intensifying battle between the state and APS pits two former DeKalb prosecutors against one another.

Former DeKalb District Attorney Bob Wilson is part of the three-person team assembled by Gov. Sonny Perdue to figure out where and how cheating occurred on the 2009 CRCT and who in APS is responsible.

One of the lawyers for APS is former DeKalb DA J. Tom. Morgan. (The other is notable Atlanta attorney Robert S. Highsmith Jr., who served as Deputy Executive Counsel for Perdue. )

Both Wilson and Morgan are well respected in DeKalb. Neither ever struck me as a wild-eyed, shoot-from-the-hip type. Wilson and Morgan both seem reasoned, rationale and calm. So, it is interesting to see them on opposite sides in this APS melt-down and trading charges.

I also find it interesting that Mike Bowers is part of the Perdue triumvirate looking into the CRCT score disparities in Atlanta schools. At the same time that Bowers is working on behalf of the state in the CRCT cheating probe, he is suing the state on behalf of Gwinnett County over the Legislature’s creation of a commission that can override local boards and approve charters.

(By the way, the Supreme Court decision in that charter school appeal should be coming soon. I hear now that a ruling could come next month, but I have been given two other dates from folks involved in the case and those dates have come and gone. In other words, the Supremes move at their own pace.)

–By Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get School blog.

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APS Parent #2

February 20th, 2011
1:25 pm

There is never a deed so foul that something couldn’t be said for the guy; that’s why there are lawyers. — Melvin Belli

There must be lots of foul things to say for so many high-powered lawyers to be in the mix.

Can you get APS’ response letter to the state posted on AJC so that the public can read it? Thanks for posting on AJC the state’s letter.

catlady

February 20th, 2011
1:26 pm

I thought the Supremes moved at Diana Ross’ pace!

Quite a chuckle that APS says the investigators’ findings (so far) that seem to indicate APS is impeding the investigation is “highly improper in an impending investigation.” I mean, WTH? We have seen this team go on the offense before, in claiming that there was no cheating and then implying that it was racist to think that little black children could not achieve such impossible scores. More of the same, multiple verses.

The quicker this system is dissolved, the better. Parcel the children and schools out to the surrounding counties, along with the tax money. Well, don’t give them to Dekalb, for sure, and maybe not Fulton, either. Hmm. What is left? At any rate, close down the APS immediately and get rid of these “administrators.” Then, introduce some to the “grey bar hotel.”

catlady

February 20th, 2011
1:28 pm

BTW, Ms. Downey, what “job” do they claim in the letter that they are doing? Can we see it?

Ed Johnson

February 20th, 2011
1:34 pm

Re: “Atlanta school district denies trying to obstruct”
http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-school-district-denies-846285.html

Atlanta Board of Education members:

Clearly, a cognitive pathology is at play with Superintendent Hall.

Hope of progress with humility and compassion exists no more.

Dismiss Hall, now.

Ed Johnson
Advocate for Quality in Public Education
Atlanta GA
(404) 505-8176

APS Parent #2

February 20th, 2011
1:51 pm

APS’ Responsive letter to the State. Why is that letter such a secret? Let us see a PDF of the letter, not a summary.

If APS had nothing to hide, they’d post both letters on their website. Where are the letters????

catlady

February 20th, 2011
2:04 pm

And we all know what APS would find re Tamara Cotman: She didn’t do it. And the principals at the meeting will all be “mysteriously” dismissed.

And, regarding Kathy Augustine: Well, she didn’t do it, either. And you can’t prove it, anyway.

And then, “Why is the governor picking on us? We have already found the charges without merit.”

Lee

February 20th, 2011
2:16 pm

This was entirely predictable. Whenever you have a major investigation such as this, you do not allow the subjects of the investigation to remain on scene. You send them home with strict instructions to not step foot on APS property or have any contact with any APS employees. You take away their access to computer systems and email. “Don’t call us, we’ll call you”.

At the end of the day, nothing will be done. They will allow Beverly Hall and a few of her cronies to slink away with their six-figure salaries safely tucked away in the bank – only to show up again in another town, another school system. A few principals and teachers might be “allowed to retire” and then it will be business as usual – albeit with a few new faces.

Same song, different verse.

Teacher

February 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

APS board of education tell your employee, Beverly Hall to keep her da—-d mouth shut with the continuous lying. The governor and the legal boys are sick of her antics and the lies, and the bullying. Again she is forgetting who is in charge here in the State of Georgia. She is not in New York or Jamaica. We are sick of her bulls—-t! Furthermore board fire her immediately. She has already proved she is a criminal and why is she still here? Do you all have a name of the interim yet so the district can stand a chance of survival. Even Dekalb asked Lewis to leave and negotiated it happening. Get her out of here ASAP with the rest of her crew to follow effective June 30th.

cover up

February 20th, 2011
2:41 pm

the aps connected lawyers will get all this covered up and no jobs will be lost–too much money on the line and the race card will be played to perfection—book it.

Next "Issue"?

February 20th, 2011
3:05 pm

The best defense is an offense.

When the CRCT issue first came up, APS was in the cross hairs. Panic ensued, when the 5 broke rank and didn’t follow the script on the Chamber’s memo because LaChandra Butler-Burks and Dr. Hall worked that one out behind the backs of the full board. (The blame for the first messed up report is on the backs of these two and their conspirators.)

What to do?? REDEFINE THE ISSUE ENTIRELY. Shift the focus from APS dysfunction to the Atlanta Board of Education leadership!! Make sure board dysfunction is fully apparent by encouraging the 4 to file a lawsuit against the 5. (WHO funded that lawsuit???) When the court was ready to rule that the 5’s actions were lawful, they settled the suit agreeing actions were lawful. A dead end perhaps? NO. There is still the court of public opinion!!

Bring in SACS and truly change the issue from CRCT erasures (which impact K through 8 in 2/3 of the schools primarily in the lower socio-economic African-American neighborhoods so the northside doesn’t really care) to a board leadership issue with SACS holding the accrediation club. SACS accrediation is an issue which impacts all of Atlanta including the country club moms on the northside who have tremendous press connections – if they can’t tell a favorable story, then no one can, and they owe the system a lot for their special schools like North Atlanta High and Springdale Park plus the Morningside principal.

Now that the CRCT issue is back on the front-burner courtesy of the state, what to do? Find a NEW issue. Stepford moms who run StepUpStepDown, do you have your public relations team helping out on this? If so, can we get a glimpse of what our new story line will be?

It surely won’t be about the children robbed of an education by APS or the teachers and staff tormented by 130 Trinity. But then, these aren’t really issues per the SUSD platform or the Stepford moms on the northside who claim (wink-wink, nod-nod) to represent ALL of Atlanta? Guess 130 Trinity isn’t the only group who can tell a whopper.

ScienceTeacher671

February 20th, 2011
3:05 pm

Agree with APS Parent #2 and catlady – why aren’t the letters being published? Shouldn’t they be?

tim

February 20th, 2011
3:13 pm

As the fire gets closer to BEV Hall, she continues to cover up and misdirect attention to her.

Hey Bev…..were are coming after YOU!! Someone make room for another fat azz in prison.

Top School

February 20th, 2011
3:19 pm

http://www.youtube.com/user/TopSchoolAtlanta#p/u/36/tHyr95P7JF0

“Reorganization Money” Diverted to REICH’s daughter on APS PAYROLL

Reich hires immediate family members to benefit from the additional money she has acquired as a result of “thinking out of the box”. ( another play on Reich’s Rhetoric..Reorganization Plan, AKA-3 Year Plan, Miscellaneous Pay, One Time Payment???? Too many names to juggle!

catlady

February 20th, 2011
3:22 pm

These letters ARE open to public scrutiny, right? I mean, the APS is funded with taxpayer and state monies, and the attorneys that produced the response are employed by APS with public monies, therefore their work products are subject to Sunshine/Open Records, aren’t they? Just as the letters and work product of the attorneys appointed by the governor are.

At some point, maybe we learn this lesson: If the claims are incredible, they probably ARE (lacking in credibility). See Dr. Hall, Michelle Rhee, and others. Our journalists as well as the Chambers of Commerce need to start looking with a critical eye BEFORE the fact. The AJC has done a good job of investigating this, and we should be thankful, but there is so much more they could be looking into here in our state. Investigate the claims that are being made of miraculous cures!

Do they people of Atlanta need some tar and feathers? Or a rail? Or a dunce cap?

Top School

February 20th, 2011
3:29 pm

http://www.youtube.com/user/TopSchoolAtlanta#p/u/26/n9mBrrgQOpU

APS has taught their ADMINISTRATION to laugh at the notion of a CEASE and DESIST-
THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW…

Georgia Association of Educators’ attorney Michael McGonigle wrote three letters requesting APS to manage the APS Grievance Process. Letters were dated Dec. 3, Dec. 6 and Dec. 18 of 2001.
As the Holiday Break approached…Reich’s retaliatory behavior escalated.
The final letter from GAE Staff Attorney, Michael McGonigle dated December 18, 2001 states: “it is reported that Principal Reich is going to REPLACE both Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Sam beginning January 2002, and has been interviewing other staff members at Jackson Elementary to that end. We trust that this is NOT the case. I am sure you realize the school system’s vulnerability for any further retaliatory actions against these employees.”

APS Teacher

February 20th, 2011
3:34 pm

My school is on the critical list, so GBI came in to talk to all teachers. I was a little uncomfortable because I was brought in to a conference room that is surrounded by the principal’s office on one side and the secretary on the other. I had a strange feeling that our conversation was being listened to. The GBI stopped during our conversation and asked if we were close to the principal’s office. When I said yes the two officers looked at each other and rolled their eyes. Teachers are scared for their jobs and don’t know who to trust. The Blue Ribbon Commission was obviously a cohort of Dr. Hall and APS. It is a big mess. Corruption/intimidation is running amuck in the system and good teachers are quickly bailing ship.

I see spots

February 20th, 2011
3:39 pm

The Stepford Moms are busy circling the wagons to protect their selected board member for Dist 3., down to the whisper campaigns.
When seen as couched in terms by Next Issue?, it smells like many an old City political machinery’s hand.
Which has been suspected, esp. after one alternative news outlet that’s never ever uttered the words ‘education’ before all the sudden is doing nothing but beating the drum on the ethics issues against the Furious Five.
When one connects the dots, one gets a spotty view and sees swanky dalmatians everywhere
Meanwhile, word’s out that Grady HS is in the toilet yet no one enters the fray to keep the teachers from threatening to leave in droves at the end of the year.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

February 20th, 2011
3:41 pm

Lost in the APS drama: (1) What is APS’ dropout rate?

(2) What percentage of its graduates in the 18-24 y.o. cohort is
unemployed?

(3) What percentage of its college-prep HOPE recipients retain the
scholarship after the first year of college? graduate from college?

(4) What percentage of its graduates complete college? technical college?

(5) What are the data requested in questions #1-4 after disaggregation by
high school?

Top School

February 20th, 2011
3:41 pm

This case was expunged from Professional Standards, Investigated by OIR, presented in Federal Court and denied by every entity on the current/past APS Board of Education.

SHAME SHAME SHAME…on the APS Board and Leaders…The NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY
( for not asking more questions and supporting/standing up to this corruption)

Northside Attorney Warren Fortson and propped up APS Attorney Dorsey Hopson influenced the judgment of three Federal JUDGES that narrowly applied the law without looking into the underlying issues of corruption involving this case.

The case was denied…based on the issue that the whistle blower employee was not fired.

Atlanta School Teacher Alleges Discrimination, Abuse of Authority and Falsified or Misleading Documentation at Award-Winning Elementary School–Sues to be Reinstated

A federal suit was served on the Atlanta Public School system and a school official alleging they retaliated against teacher John Sam, Jr. after he challenged discriminatory practices used to assign students to classes, abuse of the admissions process, financial mismanagement, and other improper practices. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the application documents sent from Warren T. Jackson Elementary School in the Northwest section of Atlanta to the U. S. Department of Education to compete for a “National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” award were false or misleading. Jackson was one of the Atlanta schools that received National Blue Ribbon recognition in the 2000-2001 school year.

According to the complaint, Mr. Sam was harassed, humiliated and transferred to another school, after he challenged the management ethics and practices of Principal Loraine Reich. Mr. Sam was especially concerned about the practice of placing all English as a second language (ESL) students in one section of the school, regardless of grade or age, and calling it a “Family Suite.” He sites numerous instances of intimidation and threats issued by Reich to any staff who questioned her practices or authority.

“Jackson operated like a private school funded by the taxpayers,” said Sam. “If you had the right parents or your family came from the right background you could enroll at Jackson, no matter where you lived in or outside of Atlanta. If not, you didn’t stand a chance.” Mr. Sam expressed concerns about the process and data used to justify Jackson’s application for recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the federal Department of Education. He raised concerns about submissions to the Georgia State Pay for Performance program.

Further, the complaint alleges that when Mr. Sam requested that minutes from school Leadership Team Meetings be accurate or to tape record the meetings, Reich and others threatened him, humiliated him in front of colleagues, and forced him to stay in closed door meetings while he was verbally abused for extended periods by Reich. “At that moment I realized I had no option but to file a grievance. When that failed to bring about an end to the corrupt practices and the retaliation escalated. I felt I had to file this lawsuit so I could regain my career and inform the public of the issues plaguing Jackson Elementary and many others in Atlanta Public Schools. Teachers are petrified to speak out. All they have to do is look at what happened to me at the hands of my Principal and the APS Administration to know they need to keep their mouth shut unless they want to find a new career.”

Despite over ten years of outstanding performance at Jackson Elementary and over seventeen years in education service, Mr. Sam was suddenly placed on a performance review plan shortly after he sought to address the troubling problems he witnessed at the school. However, the plan was merely a ruse to pressure him. Mr. Sam’s supervisors never followed through on the plan. As a result of the continual humiliation and pressure placed upon him, Mr. Sam was eventually forced to resign his teaching job.

The Government Accountability Project, a leading national whistleblower organization, is supporting Mr. Sam’s effort to bring greater accountability for school administrators and better support to teachers in the classroom. “We know that teachers like John Sam throughout the country have the best information about what is happening in the public schools—information parents, legislators and taxpayers need to properly assess their school system’s performance,” said staff attorney Doug Hartnett. “This case demonstrates that teachers are powerless to challenge wrongdoing without risking devastating consequences. It isn’t just school employees that get hurt when administrators act this way. Ultimately, the children suffer.” Government Accountability Project is calling for the Atlanta Public Schools to reconsider the action taken against Mr. Sam and to fully and publicly investigate the charges in his complaint. “We expect students to be accountable for their actions. At the very least, we expect educators to model that behavior, Hartnett added.

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Top School

February 20th, 2011
3:45 pm

Yes…this exemplary teacher decided it was time to bail ship…If this is the TOP SCHOOL in ATLANTA…and this is VALUED LEADERSHIP…I decide I was in the wrong profession.

Parents for change

February 20th, 2011
3:46 pm

The GBI need to go to 130 Trinity Street and go to the 8th floor an interview Beverly Hall because it
all start at the Top. The teachers get their order from the principals, and the principals get their order
from the BULL who is Kathy Augustine, and her order come from the D G who is Beverly Hall.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

February 20th, 2011
3:47 pm

Oops: (3) “retain” to “retains” and “graduate” to “graduates,” and

(4) “complete” to “completes.”

Top School

February 20th, 2011
3:47 pm

HOW MUCH INFORMATION DO YOU NEED?

The embattled system fired off a three-page defense calling the investigators’ accusations of central office intimidation and obstruction “highly improper during a pending investigation.”

Another APS Teacher

February 20th, 2011
3:56 pm

God, I hate APS. It is a huge pool of human scum.

Just A Teacher

February 20th, 2011
3:59 pm

The APS administration obviously isn’t doing its job if the governor had to appoint a special investigative body to clean house in the system. There should be jail time and financial restitution paid to the citizens of Atlanta for those who are standing in the way of the investigation, and that includes the system’s attorneys. If you are a crook who falsified documents, you need to be held responsible. Oh, and under the Freedom of Information Act, if a citizen of Atlanta asks to read the letter (or a newspaper of the city), the school board must turn it over.

Don

February 20th, 2011
4:01 pm

This writer made it seem like that the lawyers for APS were rational people and the people on the state board were not as respectable as these lawyers. It is that kind of reporting that is unacceptable.

Bobby

February 20th, 2011
4:10 pm

Beverly Hall is a disgrace to her profession as well as APS. It is clearly past her time to go. Instead she is simply fostering more corruption and deceit which is going to harm not only what little is left of her tarnished reputation but even worse harm the children stuck with having to attend APS. MLK must be rolling in his crypt this month at what is posing as leadership at APS.

catlady

February 20th, 2011
4:13 pm

I doubt Nathan Deal likes to have his investigators treated like unnecessary pond scum or, at best, potted plants. The investigation was launched because of the (non)response of APS. They continue to obstruct.

It’s time to step up, Mr. Deal, and make believers out of APS. Invalidate the charter (or whatever it is that constitutes a system), decommission the BOE, divide up the students, school properties, and taxpayer funds, and put an end to paying those involved in the coverup of this theft from the APS taxpayers, children, and the state taxpayers who invest in this system by way of Fair Share. Fire all CO administrators, and allow the “receiving” systems to closely examine all principals. Those with cheating in their schools must not have gotten the message out: APS will not tolerate cheating!

You see, if it was just a few classes, just a few schools it would be the work of rogue teachers or principals. If it were just in one area (that an area supt. had control over), blame could be laid at the feet of the principals and the area supt. However, the cheating was pervasive and wide-spread. One can deduce that this was instituted at the top. She knew or should have known. (Besides the fact that, if her PhD is an earned one, she has taken the stat courses to know the gains were “improbable,” putting it nicely.)

That this soap opera continues is an affront and an embarrassment to all Georgia citizens. Be convinced, Mr. Deal, that APS is NOT going to do the right thing. And deal with it decisively. Their time is up.

catlady

February 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

“belied by APS’ swift action to investigate all allegations of possible misconduct.” So, 2 months to begin to investigate Cotman’s actions, and then only after pressure.

And YEARS of obfustication on the CRCT cheating.

Swift action? Only if you move slower than a dying slug.

captguitarman

February 20th, 2011
4:35 pm

One previous commentator made a crack about the northside Stepford moms not really caring about the underprivileged kids on the southside or in other areas of the district. If that is true, then who does care about these kids? Based upon what has been happening since this scandal broke, it is clear that there are not very many, if any, responsible persons in the APS leadership who do. And this is the tragedy of all of this. How did the concern get shifted from these kids to worrying about and protecting dishonest adminstrators, principals, and teachers in danger of losing their careers, and and being invistigated and humiliated and criminally charged (the race card being played here of course) and tensions on the Board of Ed, and the declining marketability of the Atlanta City brand? Do any of these people know why they have the jobs they have? Are they so busy trying to cheat and then shift blame and avoid detection and intimidate witnesses and cover it all up that they have lost sight of what damage they have been doing to these kids — and have been for years?? These kids have so things to overcome that are not of their own doing, and then somehow a dishonest culture develops in their school system — in their school system, think about that!! — among adults who are their last best hope. A dishonest and harmful culture fostered and nourished from the top down, through the administration and out into the princpal’s offices and on to the teacher’s desks. An idea is born that is the antithesis of education, of real learning and accomplishment — the idea that these kids will be helped by artificially increasing their test schores, i.e. cheating, and then moving them up to the next grade. Anyone with only a modicum of basic common sense (not to mention famiiarity with the ethical and tried and true principles of education) knows that moving unaccomplished and unprepared kids up the educational food chain does not help them, especially those already disadvantaged, in any way shape or form. It is just more damage on top of damage. But they did it — many were involved — perhaps more than will ever be known over the years despite this now, good investigation. So it must have helped someone. Wonder who? Who has this malicious malfeasance directed against Atlanta’s school children helped? Who has put themselves, their careers, their reputations — all to be protected at any cost — above these kids? Pretty obvious isn’t it. And they will go to any means, to keep this covered up. Lying? Intimidation? Dishonesty? Unethical and unprofessional conduct?? No problem – that river was crossed long ago. I hope everyone got to read the articl about Michelle Rhee’s visit. She has one message. Children first. What a tremendous replacement for Beverly Hall (who should be shown the door immediately — along with all of her intimidating lieutenants and sychphants trying desperately to keep the lid on this. But, with a “Children First” policy, the whole APS would probably implode. It is going to take many years for this sewer pipe to be unplugged.

KIM

February 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

There is no telling how deep and wide the dishonesty and corruption in APS are. The shame is the education lost for all the young people who have been victim to the sham/shame. Is it possible, perhaps via a court order, to remove NOW the board and the superintendent and her deputies and staff? The knowledge of what was going on HAD to be widespread. There is no way hundreds of people did not know what was happening. SURELY all involved will lose their licenses….!!!! Isn’t this like lawyers whose behavior is so bad they are disbarred?

Buroughston Broch

February 20th, 2011
4:48 pm

It’s time for the Governor, Attorney General, General Assembly and Mayor of Atlanta to step in and squelch this tempest, regardless of who throws down the race card.

Top School

February 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

I started in 2001 …7 years in the court system…my entire life’s savings…

And all this time the APS Board Members and APS Corrupt Administrators have received their paychecks to carry on…
Shame on the entities that support this corruption…Shame Shame Shame…
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, LIES, CHEATING, FALSIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS FOR AWARDS…and BONUS CHECKS for those who will align themselves with the unethical leadership turning a blind eye.

ScienceTeacher671

February 20th, 2011
4:58 pm

Enough is enough.

Top School

February 20th, 2011
5:03 pm

Governor Perdue asks APS TEACHERS to tell what they KNOW
Will someone finally unravel the real problems within Atlanta Public Schools?

I believe APS RETALIATION against any individual attempting to file a grievance and report wrong doing by their superiors in Atlanta Public Schools is the REAL PROBLEM.

Current investigations need to include former APS employees attempting to use the APS Office of Internal Resolutions. They are the scapegoats in this horse and pony show. Allegations of cheating on standardized tests do not expose the other areas APS officials have so disgracefully “cheated”. The intimidation tactics APS uses in their fake investigations and retaliatory grievance processes have set the ground work for Beverly Hall’s current headache.

Is Governor Perdue’s creation of a state investigation yet another “mock investigation” that covers up the unethical conduct of APS teachers, principals, and administrators for misused funds, falsification of records, and hidden segregation?

The State Professional Standards Commission has been given past reports of unethical APS conduct that have been rightfully reported and later expunged on the basis of “who knows who” in the underground railroad of the Northside Good Ole Boy System.

SOMEBODY with ethics needs to look at the video recorded depositions along with sworn testimonies in a 2004 federal lawsuit. The testimonies of teachers and administrators in this case exposed APS officials and a Northside Principal for falsifying payroll documents, attendance documents, the segregation of minority students, and the misrepresentation of documents to qualify a school for a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award…it’s all recorded in the testimonies of Civil Action File No. 1:03-CV-03178-JOF.

APS officials participated in a relentless campaign of retaliation against teachers at a Northside Elementary School willing to step up to the corruption they observed by filing APS grievances. Ironically, APS documents clearly stated they would protect those involved in requesting internal investigations.

APS has an ongoing history of retaliation against anyone that would question any of their procedures. Ask any former Atlanta Public School Employee. FORMER…because current APS employees know all too well they will lose their jobs if they speak up.

The 2004 depositions clearly demonstrate proof that the same State Rules of Ethics for APS administrators on the Southside of city… do not apply to the APS adminstrators on the Northside of Atlanta.

APS OFFICIALS AND THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMISSION ignored reports and the video taped depositions that proved the following acts were committed by a Northside APS principal:

* Payroll records to obtain a paycheck for the principal’s daughter for almost a year.
* Falsified attendance records of faculty and students.
* Retaliation against teachers willing to report and testify against APS
* Falsified information to obtain a Blue Ribbon School Award.
* Segregation of minority students in Northside Atlanta Public Schools
* Falsified criteria and dates for Bonus Paychecks paid to faculty members.

Considering that this particular Northside APS elementary website states that their PTA could ” run Washington, DC “, it is no wonder the connected neighborhood can keep their powerful strong arm when negotiating unethical conduct of their principals to Atlanta Public School officials.

Should the Southside not enjoy the same benefit of corruption?

Beverly Hall, Kathy Augustine, and the APS comptroller will need the higher tax base and prominence of the Northside’s privileged to save their current positions. These APS high-ranking officials have been covering up the Northside secrets in exchange for political favors for years.

The malicious acts of this Northside principal were ignored by APS and PSC officials when there was clearly evidence that deserved their attention.

Will these acts of cheating on standardized tests receive an equal blind eye?

My hope is that finally, the truth will emerge so the Professional Standards Commission and Atlanta Public School Grievance Procedures provide a safety net for any one wishing to report wrong doing within the school’s system.

My fear is that the entire system…from Sonny Perdue’s State Office of Investigations, the Professional Standards Commission, and the Office of Internal Resolutions within APS will continue with their selective witch hunts to the detriment of the “success” of our education system.

In Beverly Hall’s own words she states, ” Could you cheat in all these schools?” adding, “You would have to spend your whole life cheating…It’s been nine years of consistent progress.”

History has proven Hall’s similar LEADERSHIP tactics of FEAR, INTIMIDATION AND RETALIATION. Will the governor peel back the layers that expose this corruption?

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

APS Parent #2

February 20th, 2011
5:08 pm

Not the Mayor!! I did not vote for the Mayor to run the local school board. The only thing that will change if he is in charge is who holds the briefcase for big business in Atlanta – that is if you can get Dr. Hall to let go of it. A board of education is supposed to be about education and at least some of this current board seem to have that in mind. If the others would get on board, the train could leave the station.

Go!

February 20th, 2011
5:15 pm

Why doesn’t someone file an ethics complaint with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission against Cotman and Augustine—without a current teaching certificate they would not be able to damage any more kids in Georgia—Any citizen can request that the PSC investigate–you can get a form on-line…I would do it but I no longer live in GA…Someone step up and complete the request TODAY For God’s sake the AJC has documented the vilations at this point it’s just a matter of someone compelting the PSC form that is on-line

Ed Johnson

February 20th, 2011
5:28 pm

@APS Parent #2 at 5;08 pm… DITTO!!!

Top School

February 20th, 2011
5:34 pm

And when they came to put the handcuffs on…
The APS administrators refused to produce their wrists
and spit on those who dared to challenge their corrupt leadership telling them to “Go to hell”…

I want these people working with my children …yea sure…

Interesting Observation

February 20th, 2011
5:34 pm

Something is rotten in Denmark. Why would GBI agents interview a kindergarten teacher? Clearly kids in kindergarten don’t test. Yes this happened to a kindergarten teacher.

I see spots - and $$$

February 20th, 2011
5:51 pm

My other half raises two interesting follow the money questions :

1) Will there be a claw back of all the performance bonus monies handed out to individuals who received bonuses based on making target goals achieved by CRCT cheating?

and

2) Where do all the contracts awarded by APS go? How many of the receipients are affiliated in some way with the Metro Chamber? Whatever has happened with the eRate scandle the AJC was working on anyways?

Apologies for any type-o’s; it’s dinner time and the sharks are circling

catlady

February 20th, 2011
5:57 pm

IO: Well, the k teacher might have taught a different grade 2 years ago…. Or the GBI might have information that the K teacher observed something 2 years ago.

Top School

February 20th, 2011
6:09 pm

The internal voice to “do the right thing” has slowly died in our society. When cameras, video-tapes, and tape-recorders are the only means of regulating the illegal vile actions of the human race our society is doomed to fail. We must make sure as parents and teachers the internal voices of honesty and ethics are never erased. It is the “saving grace” of our future.

Dr. John Trotter

February 20th, 2011
6:23 pm

When these big law firms (and big time solo practioners) are taking the big bucks, do you think that they are always (or even sometimes) taking the side of right…or the side of might? The side that can pay them the most? APS is awash in taxpayers’ monies, and this has been Beverly Hall’s secret weapon. Unlike other school systems, APS can just pay big fees to big time lawyers. Now the White Legal Eagles are duking it out. I am allowed to make this racial observation without some folk engaging in apoplexy, right? It’s always been about the big white firms and companies profiting off of the APS Money Bonanza. This is what the fight is all about. The Chamber folk don’t even send their kids or grandkids to the public schools of Atlanta — at least beyond the elementary schools. This is about getting a good hunk of that cheeze. It’s all about the cheddar, baby! It still is. J. Tom and Highsmith aren’t doing this pro bono.

Dr. John Trotter

February 20th, 2011
6:26 pm

Solo practitioners… sorry for the typo. Typing too fast.

Top School

February 20th, 2011
6:36 pm

I agree Dr. Trotter…They are still making the bucks…and include Warren Fortson on the list.

Buckhead at it’s best. And who do you think all the E-rate money went to in contracts to those connected folk?

Even if they are disgracefully go out with their heads down …the “WHITE folk” is smiling on their way to the bank. It is a sad sad sad…situation…COVER-UP FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

Dr. John Trotter

February 20th, 2011
6:44 pm

Ah yes…Let’s not forget E-rate…Wasn’t it $75,000,000.00 that just sort of disappeared…just vanished? Yep, I am sure that some of our Buckhead residents happily profited from a few contracts here. Probably had plenty of money to send their kids to Pace…if they could get a certain public school principal to write them recommendations, eh?

Dr. John Trotter

February 20th, 2011
6:49 pm

Hey Guys: I have great confidence in Michael Bowers and the other State investigators. Great confidence. I don’t think that Governor Deal is going to allow these administrative rogues in APS to wiggle off the hook, so to speak, J. Tom and Highsmith notwithstanding. Michael Bowers, if I remember correctly, is an old Southwest DeKalb alum as well as an alum from West Point. He’s not the kind who will pack his bags and run away from the battle just because the enemy returns fire. No, I don’t think so.

Double Zero Eight

February 20th, 2011
6:52 pm

APS is run like the mob, and everyone knows the mob
has no respect for the law.

You “ain’t seen nothing yet”! Wait till the FBI completes
its investigation.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

February 20th, 2011
6:58 pm

Certainly, Highsmith and J. Tom will provide the APS itemized bills for their services.

Less certain is whether this WLE-duo will release copies of their bills to the media.