Former employee alleges cheating cover-up by APS school chief

Many of you are already commenting on the latest AJC story on the ongoing drama at APS over who knew what in the CRCT cheating scandal and who covered for whom.

The newest story is complex, and I would recommend that you read it in full.

In quick summary, an employee charged with sexual harassment later alleged that Superintendent Beverly Hall ordered the destruction of investigative documents that detailed “systematic” cheating and that the harassment allegations grew out of her resistance to Hall’s actions.

The ex employee is Colinda Howard, who from 2005 to 2010 headed the district’s internal investigations office. And the allegations were in a letter from a lawyer seeking a monetary settlement for Howard, who resigned under pressure after accusations she made lewd comments to male employees.

Howard’s attorney maintained in his letter that the investigation into his client’s conduct represented retaliation because she objected to “illegal and unethical actions she was directed to undertake by her superiors.” The district later cleared Howard and paid her a small settlement.

This story raises a lot of issues that I hoped would be resolved by the APS probe by former prosecutors Mike Bowers and Bob Wilson and the GBI. That report is supposed to be released soon, although Hall may be gone since these are her final weeks running APS.

According to the AJC story:

Howard’s claims are the most serious that have emerged against Hall during the year-long investigation. Hall denies ordering or even knowing about cheating. In a recent farewell video to district employees, however, she acknowledged that some educators had broken the rules. In a letter to Howard’s lawyer last year, the district’s general counsel denied that any employee “engaged in illegal or unethical conduct related to the development and/or retention of records.”

Howard, who no longer lives in Atlanta, did not respond to an e-mail requesting an interview. Her lawyer, Michael Baskin, declined to comment.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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Dr. John Trotter

June 21st, 2011
10:33 pm

Maureen: Didn’t the fellow in Texas a few years ago say, “Things are getting curiouser and curiouser”? Ha!

I realize that these are allegations from Ms. Howard, but I have found her to be fairly open and transparent when dealing with us. But, she suddently and mysteriously disappeared…like others have in this same department. It was always strange and eerie. A hush, hush type thing. I liked dealing with Colinda Howard. Perhaps she just dealt with us with kid gloves because we are with MACE. Ha! I don’t know. I am sure that Millicent Few is denying or will be denying these allegations from Ms. Howard. Only time will tell, after a full investigation by the State investigators. I hope that they will be “thorough and sifting” in their examinations.

Here’s my thinking on the matter. >>>

http://georgiateachersspeakout.com/

Former SPARK parent

June 21st, 2011
11:01 pm

The allegations are consistent with what we know Hall did with the Porter report (delete it and deny it existed in order to intentionally thwart Open Records Act requests), and it is consistent with many allegations–including some by the investigators leading the current cheating probe–that Hall and her senior staff have a long history of retaliating in the nastiest possible way against whistleblowers.

Some of you didn’t want to believe Hall is a cynical, morally bankrupt con artist who took your money and victimized your children. Others, like Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, our BOE rep, just aren’t very intelligent, but the rest of you, including a certain education blogger, have no such excuse.

APS Educator Under Fire

June 21st, 2011
11:22 pm

OIR…I never met with Ms. Howard. The OIR I dealt with was being dictated to by Dr. Hall, Dr. Augustine and Mr. Bynum. Retaliation is a strange thing; it can backfire and slap you in the face. I feel sad about Dr. Hall but I was not real happy about the retaliation that came my way because of a report of wrong doing by an administrator. The big 3 were out to get me. MACE had my back and I believe to this day that is why they backed down. Of course, they had their hands full, too.
Allegations of cheating and all. Wow, the children and adults these people have hurt. I betcha they don’t realize how much damage they have collectively done to APS.

Dr. Hall, eventually they’re going to find out about that document tampering dealing with a certain principal friend of yours. The lawyer got the minutes through open records but the minutes and documents for that meeting have major parts missing. Could it be because you sent Ms. Ponder to the meeting? She had a full copy. 10 witnesses have full copies from the meeting too. but the records have selected parts missing. She reported directly to you. I know from my own experience that Ms. Howard had to have been telling the truth. I never thought this very small thing might take on a big new meaning. Well, it’s in the lawyers hands this time. I am not behind this investigation. You angered some people who are not employed by APS with your damaging policies. I am still sad. You had so much potential to be great and now look at our beloved school system.

Forgive me bloggers…I had to say that and now I can let this go. These people almost killed me with their lies…and it still hurts sometimes.

Dr. John Trotter

June 21st, 2011
11:29 pm

Things seem a little quieter these last few days. Only a few people — like chillywilly — are commenting. Perhaps it’s because the end is near for the Beverly Hall Administration, and people are wondering, “What’s next?” Perhaps they are wondering why none of these very large and dysfunctional school systems don’t knock the doors down in Rockdale County to hire the one who seems to be the Secretariat of Superintendents in Georgia, Dr. Sam King. What’s with all of this traveling all over the country (or, better yet, going to the Broad Foundation’s Shopping Mart!) and bringing back rather lackluster candidates? I don’t understand school boards. I certainly hope the Atlanta School Board will not rush in to hire someone new. Perhaps the quietness is due to the Summer…or that this whole sordid affair is just anti-climatic. Who knows? Perhaps people will not have to think that APS stands for “Always Pushing Sh_t.” Pardon me for my graphic language, but if you are shocked at my language, I would hope that ou would also be more shocked at the unconscionable way that people are treating in the Atlanta Public Schools. Actions are more offensive and hurtful than language.

Awaiting moderation

June 21st, 2011
11:34 pm

This is the second incident where a former APS Human Resource employee was retaliated against for not destroying public records when directed by Millicent Few. The first was fired when a request for records concerning the demotion of APS Athletic Director Ms. Billette Owens-Ashford was questioned. The APS BOE needs to have Millicent Few escorted off the property tomorrow, enough is enough.

If Bev Hall had nothing to hide why did she spend the past two years spinning this, orchestrating reports, creating BRC, editing, investigating, and retaliating?

Awaiting moderation

June 21st, 2011
11:39 pm

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Dr. John Trotter

June 21st, 2011
11:40 pm

@ APS Educator Under Fire: Hang in there. I don’t know who you are while you are blogging anonymously (and I don’t blame you), but I am sure that I know you. We have represented quite a number of here-to-fore beaten-up teachers in APS. Sometimes when these teachers come to us, they are already beaten, battered, and shattered. We try to retore their dignity first and then their ability to hope again…hope that they will be respected and esteemed as a professional educator.

My 11:29 post had a couple of typos. Here is a cleaned-up version… >>>

Things seem a little quieter these last few days. Only a few people — like chillywilly — are commenting. Perhaps it’s because the end is near for the Beverly Hall Administration, and people are wondering, “What’s next?” Perhaps they are wondering why none of these very large and dysfunctional school systems don’t knock the doors down in Rockdale County to hire the one who seems to be the Secretariat of Superintendents in Georgia, Dr. Sam King. What’s with all of this traveling all over the country (or, better yet, going to the Broad Foundation’s Shopping Mart!) and bringing back rather lackluster candidates? I don’t understand school boards. I certainly hope the Atlanta School Board will not rush in to hire someone new. Perhaps the quietness is due to the Summer…or that this whole sordid affair is just anti-climatic. Who knows? Perhaps people will not have to think that APS stands for “Always Pushing Sh_t.” Pardon me for my graphic language, but if you are shocked at my language, I would hope that you would also be more shocked at the unconscionable way that people are treated in the Atlanta Public Schools. Actions are more offensive and hurtful than language.

APS parent

June 21st, 2011
11:41 pm

I think the demographics and socio economic status between Rockdale county and APS school districts.

APS parent

June 21st, 2011
11:46 pm

I think the demographics and socioeconomic status between Rockdale and APS school districts, is probably why they wouldn’t consider her I don’t think she has eperience managing a large inner city school.

David Sims

June 22nd, 2011
12:02 am

I had all this popcorn ready to eat while watching Beverly Hall’s trial for felonious fraud. Is she going to be allowed to slink away after all she’s done? I’d been hoping to see her in whatever fabulously tailored orange dress-code uniform they put her in for her enrollment into prison.

@Dr. John. I sometimes catch myself miswriting “Atlanta Public Education System.”

Dr. John Trotter

June 22nd, 2011
12:02 am

@ APS Parent: Dr. Sam King is a man. He has proven himself as a principal, Assistant Superintend in Clayton (is this large and urban?), and as a Superintendent (Superintendent of the Year in Georgia). But, hey, it’s APS’s loss. Sam King is from Georgia and has been vetted. He is heads and shoulders above the ones being considered now.

JANICE MOORE

June 22nd, 2011
12:29 am

IS ANYONE SURPRISED?? HOPE NOT!!

Dr. Hall was so cocky in her’ farewell’ speech. I do hope the GBI is ready to arrest the lady. The crimes she has committed are almost as serious as a bank robber, she robbed the children/youth of APS and that makes her no better than a common criminal and deserves the punishment. If she has a trial, I have sure there will be plenty of people to testify against her.

Casandra Johnson

June 22nd, 2011
1:15 am

Again I reiterate my parting statement made to Atlanta Public School officials after the ordeal that occurred with my daughter last school year – “Nothing good will happen for the officials of Atlanta Public Schools until you do right by the children you were hired and entrusted to educate.” Now it’s time for the people have been responsible for bringing harm to these children to be held accountable.

Anon

June 22nd, 2011
2:02 am

Bev looks good in orange.

Greg

June 22nd, 2011
2:16 am

The bottom line on this whole sorry incident: follow the money! None of this is about educating children, its about millions of dollars in contracts and bonuses for test scores and raw power grabs.

Sorry kids but you just don’t count.

Tonto

June 22nd, 2011
3:23 am

@ John Trotter- good to see MACE is still in the thick of it! I was with you and Noreese in the picket lines 2004. Bill (RIPP) was my attorney in my case against APS…MACE Rocks!!!

Where's the village?

June 22nd, 2011
3:59 am

FYI. . . this is a comment I just posted under the other blog discussion about one of the Superintendent finalist withdrawing her name; however, I think it is also very relevant to this discussion as well.

@ Deep Throat: “If the cheating had occurred north of I-20, heads would roll & the parents would sue and recover enough money to finish out their child’s schooling in private school.”

You are so correct. Sadly, majority of the parents south of I-20 are not involved enough to support their children and teachers to even realize the injustice that has been done to their children. If they had, there should be a class action lawsuit against APS for the years of fraud and disservice to these kids. Instead of being honest about the many deficits a lot of these students have, particularly in reading and math, and being realistic in addressing those deficits, APS’ leadership, led by Dr. Hall, was more concerned with appearing to make impressive gains via their reforms instead of truly educating students and supporting classroom teachers. However, I still argue that anyone with an ounce of common sense should have known the academic gains during Hall’s tenure were not realistic. I don’t know how the APS BOE, State, Mayor, Business Community, Bill Gates, Parents and other concerned citizenry were fooled for this long.

Interestingly, if anyone (i.e., APS BOE, State School Board, Governor’s Office, Special Investigators, Mayor Reed, Business Community, Parents, etc.) would simply conduct a longitudinal study of these students who so-called met or exceeded standards on the C.R.C.T. the past 10 – 12 years (especially the students from the 58 severe concern schools for the high erasures) and compared how they performed in high school on the G.H.S.G.T., it would probably be indeed “alarming” to see just how many failed the G.H.S.G.T. multiple times, did not graduate, dropped out, or were a part of the 16,000 + that mysteriously disappeared from APS rosters. Hmmm…something to think about.

Lastly, I wholeheartedly believe that Ms. Colinda Howard is telling the truth about the cover up orchestrated by Dr. Hall and Millicent Few. The Governor’s Special Investigators need to supeona all of the other OIR employees who have mysteriously and quietly left APS the past 2 – 3 years as well. Besides, anyone on the inside of APS knows that Ms. Howard’s story sounds all too familiar. Why do you think it took the GBI to get involved and deals for immunity for teachers to start talking about the systemic cheating that has been occurring during Dr. Hall’s administration? People in APS have been so afraid for years to come forward with the truth because like Ms. Howard, they would be retaliated against and the rest of their career in APS would be pure hell.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

June 22nd, 2011
4:18 am

Speaking of cheating, does anyone think that cheating by educators is limited to the APS and to standardized testing?(And I not saying that most educators cheat.)

Met one of my mentors at Earth Fare in Augusta last night. He was bemoaning that some of his graduate-level Education students had turned in research proposals whose quality was unreasonably superior to any other work each had done. Who thinks my mentor’s concerns about his students’ works’ being done by non-students are unique or inaccurate? I, for one, do not.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

June 22nd, 2011
4:26 am

APS Educator Under Fire:

Get MACE, please.

Winfield J. Abbe

June 22nd, 2011
6:55 am

In the backward state of Georgia, they regulate landlords more than banks, schools, judges and nursing homes. Georgia has the “distinction” of having the most failed banks in the nation, and most of them were shut down, not by state regulators, but by the federal government. Say a prayer of thanks for federal insurance because if it were left up to the corrupt State, many would be bankrup just like in the depression 80 years ago.

Dr NO

June 22nd, 2011
7:35 am

Shocked, Surprised? Not at all. In fact I expect no less for these crooks and theives.

Buzz G

June 22nd, 2011
7:42 am

Our nation would do itself such a big favor if it just implemented school vouchers and school choice and gave us the freedom to send our kids to the best schools available instead of the schools the government says to.

Annoyed

June 22nd, 2011
7:49 am

Buzz G–how do you propose you to figure out WHO goes to “the best schools?” What is the point of a voucher or school choice system if the choice simply boils down to a lottery?

Annoyed

June 22nd, 2011
7:49 am

Let me say that again, sorry…how do you propose to figure out…

GrannyCares

June 22nd, 2011
7:58 am

The Governor should proceed with a formal criminal investigation of the allegations, and if proven, Hall should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The damage she has done to young innocent kids; young teachers who chose to make their start at APS; the City of Atlanta (its reputation); movement of new businesses to Atlanta; and to the tax payers of Atlanta are all so large that they are incalculable!

The time for a basic skills education for so many young children has now been lost. At best, Hall was incompetent for not properly supervising what was on going in her system. At worse, she was no more than a cheat.

Beverly Hall has further tarnished the teaching profession!

corrupt

June 22nd, 2011
8:03 am

atlanta public schools—crooked to the core. Will beverly hall be traveling somewhere soon to get another “award” paid by taxpayers?

Doris M

June 22nd, 2011
8:03 am

The Human Resources Division of the APS is headed by an incompetent, vindictive, unethical employee who always reminds staff that she has a law degree. Obviously, her knowledge of the law did not come into play as she followed the directions of the superintendent which makes her beyond incompetent to just plain evil. Records will show that the CHRO loaded her staff with lackeys who were totally under her control and whom she could threaten and control. If they did not bow to her unethical demands, then they would immediately be dismissed as they all were hired as at-will employees with no benefit of due process. If you don’t believe, just look at the many HR employees who have been hired under her watch and then look at how many of them are no longer working in the department. Those who were escorted off the property possessed a strong sense of ethics and were released because of their beliefs. The employees who remain in the higher level positions do so because of their blind following of the CHRO or they have families to feed and need their jobs. It’s a sad state of affairs in the Human Resources Department. It should be jail time for the CHRO along with the Superintendentand her direct reports! It’s doubly evil to know right from wrong and then do wrong any way.

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

June 22nd, 2011
8:09 am

Buzz G-If you give parents the freedom to choose the school for there kids, all those inner city kids will end up going to the best schools, then they will no longer be the best schools.

What Goes Around Comes Around

June 22nd, 2011
8:11 am

Colinda Howard probably knows more than she is admitting too. What about the executive directors she worked closely with (Dr. Sharon Davis Williams). If the investigators look at the EDs they will find that documents and data were manipulated. Dr. Williams was known for her “knowledge of data”. If you check out her website that will be a clue of how she uses data.

Documents also came up missing in Dr. Williams’ office dealing with test monitoring feedback forms. So she had her test monitors to re-create the missing test monitoring feedback. What she did not know is that some monitors had saved their forms.

Dr. Sharon Davis Williams and the other EDs are as GUILTY AS DR. HALL, DR. AUGUSTINE, AND MILLICENT FEW. They are all a bunch of crooks who thought they were smarter than their employees.

What goes around comes around. YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!

Jerry Eads

June 22nd, 2011
8:20 am

Seven or eight years ago a friend of mine on the APS advisory council (then the president of a multi-state educational nonprofit) called to ask about substantial increases in APS pass rates on the state tests, asking if it were possible. We had known each other for some years as I had run state testing for Virginia. (No, everyone, the test changes are NOT increases in scores, simply the % of kids passing. The tests are not built with a meaningful “score” system. If they were, the average very likely is actually going DOWN.)

My training is in statistics and measurement, but of course had no access to the data other than the pass rates. Nevertheless, the chance for the pass rates to change that much with that many students appeared to be on the order of many thousands, and perhaps millions to one. The chances that instructional activity by itself could create such changes in pass rates were tiny; the level of effort necessary to change the pass rates by “other means” would have to be substantial and very widespread. I thought at the time, and shared such with my frustrated friend, that it was almost inconceivable that a district superintendent could be unaware of such a level of effort.

So many years later it would seem that some justice might be done for the immeasurable damage that has been done to tens of thousands of innocent students and hundreds upon hundreds of well meaning, caring and hard-working teachers. The damage, sadly, cannot be undone; the clock does not get turned back. We don’t get to shoot the movie again.

While the initial investigation of erasures on test sheets might have been handled differently by more experienced individuals, enormous credit MUST be given to the (now mostly departed) staff at the tiny Office of Educational Achievement for bringing this to a head. Although this travesty has gone on for perhaps a decade, at least it will not continue – at least in this form.

With any luck, the guilty will suffer some punishment through the legal system. Sadly, millions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on the salaries and perks of individuals lacking any semblance of ethics and will not be recovered. It’s more likely that there will be settlements made and rather than jail time the guilty will be hired to run schools in another state or provided a cushy job at some DC thinktank.

NOW it’s time to wonder about the causes of this travesty – which, of course, was not isolated in one district. They’re just the one that got caught. Perhaps it’s finally time to address the real problem, which is that of how we go about holding schools accountable. It would seem fairly clear that low-bid minimum competency testing that does little more than punish the poor and impede the high achiever has its unintended and negative consequences.

Dr NO

June 22nd, 2011
8:28 am

When considering APS it bears repeating…Watch and Learn.

A Conservative Voice

June 22nd, 2011
8:41 am

Is the APS Pension Plan set up in such a way to allow those found guilty of a felony and are serving/have served prison time to still receive their pension payments or is there a mechanism that kicks in to disallow those payments when such an event occurs?

SpaceyG on Twitter

June 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

Apparently APS leadership is so incompetent it can’t even do a halfway decent cover-ups. And who inside the investigation keeps leaking everything only to AJC/Judd/Vogell? If I was on another ATL media farm, and I’m not, I’d be downright furious by now.

Dr NO

June 22nd, 2011
8:51 am

“Apparently APS leadership is so incompetent it can’t even do a halfway decent cover-ups.” LOL…true to nature.

Fedup

June 22nd, 2011
8:52 am

Dr. Trotter, are you sure Sam King would even want to walk into this pile of dirt??

jsh

June 22nd, 2011
8:55 am

Do you have to pay Hall a pension? Can she be indicted?

Double Zero Eight

June 22nd, 2011
9:00 am

Obviously the teachers were telling the truth. The central office of
APS operated like the “mob”. Retaliation was their weapon of choice.

I am willing to bet that Ms. Howard would pass a polygraph regarding
knowledge of the cover up, and Dr. Hall would not

Fedup

June 22nd, 2011
9:02 am

jsh, no matter what comes out of all this, Hall will enjoy a very hefty retirement …as Dr. Trotter can expound upon, the merry-go-rounds that superintendents experience as they promote themselves around the country (usually every three years) includes bargaining for incredible perks, such as lavish sums of $$$$ for annuities, since they never really hang around long enough to qualify for a State pension.

long arm of the law

June 22nd, 2011
9:03 am

Indict, try, convict, sentence….move on to the next fraud….

good for kids

June 22nd, 2011
9:18 am

@where’s the village?
I think some researchers would love to follow those kids and see how they did over time. However, APS has been NOTORIOUS for keeping researchers far away from their data and their kids, even for studies that have potentially great benefit to students, schools, communities. I worked in higher ed for a time and even those higher ed folks who were partnering with schools in APS couldn’t get much going in the way of research. APS permitted them to provide free resources, but gave little in return except the setting (which was educational for the trainees).
So, should they be following their own students- certainly. But they aren’t going to let others in to see the real data. That would reveal the true wizard behind the curtain.

WHAT'STHETEA

June 22nd, 2011
9:20 am

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Anonmom

June 22nd, 2011
9:21 am

I still think DCSS makes APS look like a smooth operation…. DCSS doesn’t have any whistleblowers so no one is really honing in on what is really going on. Our chief of “investigations” is Ron Ramsey who runs it like the king pen of the mafia and works hard to discourage the complaint and to run off the complainer. The foxes are guarding the hen houses and the children are having their educations stolen from out from under them. It’s only about the money in that it is being stolen by the adults at the top of the pecking order to go into salaries and administration — if there was a way to drive it to the bottom level of the ladder — into the classroom and to the kids — with teachers who had quality checks on them (there are good teachers and bad teachers), with competition — the children would be served by the system instead of the foxes in charge of the system.

tim

June 22nd, 2011
9:21 am

Hey Cupcake Bev……Get ready to be someones girlfriend. You’re going to da bighouse!

new teacha

June 22nd, 2011
9:26 am

Can you please reprint the letter Shirley Franklin wrote to Arnie Duncan requesting that the AJC stop investigating the cheating scandal. By the way where are all the Hall supporters now. Someone needs to write a book or do a documentary about this. Once Hall is gone people will be willing to talk/blame her. Blk Atlanta has a proud history of improving education from the beginning of the AUC to people like BE Mays. Its has been completely undermined in a few decades by this new elite. Shame on you APS. Funny thing is the business community thought they had someone who would make the city more attractive to business. Hall sang a good song as is the case with so many of the educated gangsters. Mayor Reed was one of her main supporters. Has he said anything lately.
You can talk about right wing Republicans all day long , just don;t take your eyes of the elected officials in your community. We need an Arab spring, tea party type awakening in urban America. Our elected officials are laughing all the way to the bank. What about the Concerned Black Clergy? No more press conferences with 30 preachers in the background. Sad, no one the black middle class is moving out of Atlanta. Better watch out white folks don’t play that game.

APS Educator Under Fire

June 22nd, 2011
9:30 am

@Dr. Spinks: I could have pursued it but my family feared for my health and my job. A group of concerned APS parents, teachers and friends had a lawyer to request Local School Council records. One particularly volatile meeting involved Dr. Hall sending a watchdog, Terrolyn Ponder. A document was given to all attendees about the state of the high school in question which included a survey of parents, students and teachers. It was particularly damaging to the principal and showed that the principal had no control over the school and that the stakeholders were against changes from the traditional scholl model to small learning communities because its implementation in the hands of the weak principal was destroying the school.

All of the other records were there except the ones for this meeting. There is no record of the minutes that the secretary produced which had to go to Terrolyn Ponder who reports directly to Dr. Hall. In addition, the first page of the document is not there. Terrolyn Ponder left with a full copy.

I didn’t share this with Dr. Trotter because I was trying to recuperate from my last round of retaliation. My health took a serious hit. The secretary of the Local School Council through 2010, a teacher and former colleague was retaliated against like myself. I believe it was partly what caused her death last year. The stress was too much for her.

APS under Dr. Hall, Dr. Augustine, and Mr. Bynum is toxic.

PHD@27

June 22nd, 2011
9:36 am

Millicent Few, is a wolf in sheep clothing working for APS. SHe is really what you called a monster. I knew Ms. Howard and she was always very professional, I am glad she spoke up and spoke out! She has law degree and they could not get over on Colinda because she knew her stuff so Millicent got more than what she bargined for this time around! I always found it strange how Colinda just dissappeared all of a sudden and no one ever mentioned anything. However, please be sure to read the documents that go along with the story it really goes into details as to what occured with Ms.Howard. APS handles everything in their office like the salem witch trials if you do not go along with extreme demands that they ask of you. Try getting a job within the system and even if you are the most qualified candidate for the posistion if you don’t know anyone or if some of the top officials dont htink well of you, yo ucan forget working for the system and watch how Millicent Few and the other blackball you. I currently work in the human resources department and a lot of times I am told to throw this persons resume out, shred it get rid of it. The person for this posistion has been hand selected and we will just conduct the interview to go through the process a lot times I can’t live with myself when I alone and I think about all the scandoulous things I have to do to keep my job and keep food on the table for my sons. The Office of Federal Grants and Program Compliance headed by Joi Thrash needs to be under fire soon for all of the underlying schemes that have taken place and are to take place. As soon as I find another job opening I will be out of this place for a peace of mind. APS has ruined so many peoples lives it’s unbelievable.

APS Educator Under Fire

June 22nd, 2011
9:37 am

…traditional school model. Excuse the typos.
Dr. Trotter saved me once. I had to let someone else do this. It is hard to fight this type of corruption especially when almost everyone of your colleagues is complacent and wishes that you would stop rocking the boat.

Fedup

June 22nd, 2011
9:38 am

PHD@27, I hope one of the positions you are seeking after leaving the APS HR Department is NOT that of English teacher……

What Goes Around Comes Around

June 22nd, 2011
9:38 am

In the a letter listed in this article, it states that they would replace Ms. Howard with a former employee (Damaris Perryman-Garret). Ms. Garrett is also aware the the wrong doing when she worked for APS. Ms. Garrett has some baggage as well. Before she left she was involved in a situation about her husband who also worked for APS.

Ms. Veleter Mazyck, APS Counsel is a snake in the grass. She has done dirty work for Dr. Hall and others. She is not to be trusted.

There are others at APS who have questionable issues like Chuck Burbridge, Chief Financial Officer who claim to live in Atlanta; however, he has been known to live in Chicago while working for APS. It is also known that he flew to Chicago on weekends. I am not sure if he is a resident of Atlanta and not Chicago.

Investigators need to look at the VISA Credit Cards that were issued to employees especially administrators. There is something very troubling about how monies are taken from department budgets and placed on the credit cards.

It is time to clean house at APS because they are stinking up Atlanta.

What's going on?

June 22nd, 2011
9:52 am

Several years ago I had documents of wrong doing at Deerwood Academy where the principal was submitting excessive amounts of fundraising proposals to her executive director Dr. Sharon Davis Williams. One proposal she submitted was for a million dollars. There were funds that came up missing and the principal tried to accuse her former secretary who was fired by Dr. Sharon Davis Williams because the secretary knew too much! Then the principal hired an unqualified convicted felon to take her place.

This information with documents were sent to Richard Belcher and others. But no one felt the need to investigate. Where there is smoke there is FIRE. Lisa Smith, principal at Deerwood Academy has gotten away with murder. But it has caught up with her and Dr. Williams, Dr. Augustine, Ms. Mazyck and Dr. Hall.

I guess the street committee was correct. LISA SMITH WAS SOMEHOW RELATED TO DR. HALL!!!!