Jay Leno: Sweating like a school kid in Atlanta

Gamom told us that Jay Leno took on the APS scandal last night in his monologue. Here is the segment that begins with Leno punctuating a comment on the LA heat wave with the comment, “I was sweating like a school kid in Atlanta trying to pass a test on his own.”

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Lee

July 8th, 2011
1:04 pm

Whoa. Doesn’t Leno know that joke isn’t POLITICALLY CORRECT?

Face it APS, the whole country thinks you’re a joke.

Go Panthers!

July 8th, 2011
1:15 pm

They shoulda kept Conan. Jay proves every night that he is just NOT funny. Johnny Carson (of the mixed race grandchildren) is rolling in his grave.

tim

July 8th, 2011
1:19 pm

I think what he meant to say was “I’m sweating like Bev Hall should be”

Show Me!

July 8th, 2011
1:21 pm

Reagarding Teachers losing their jobs. GA IS AN “AT WILL STATE”! Does that mean an employer can get rid of you for some reason, any reason, or no reason at all, and it doesn’t matter if you signed a contract to teach? Teachers before you hire any attorneys and waste your money $$$ and pensions, understand that “AT WILL STATE” very carefully.

Dr. John Trotter

July 8th, 2011
1:48 pm

@ Show Me!: Just because Georgia teachers have never established collective bargaining rights here in Georgia does not mean they they are “at will” employees with no rights. The Georgia Code Section provideds a number of rights for teachers here in Georgia, including due process righs. Of course, if a teacher has no one to inform him or her of these rights and has no one in his or her corner to help enforce these rights, then what good is there to have them, right?

http://www.theteachersadvocate.com

Dr NO

July 8th, 2011
1:49 pm

From Coast to Coasts APS is the laughing stock. LOVIN IT!!!

HILARIOUS. Focus the spotlight right where it belongs.

no mas

July 8th, 2011
1:52 pm

And DCSS is fanning themselves in relief. With copies of the AJC coverage of APS.

former APS teacher

July 8th, 2011
2:24 pm

I am sad for the children because they don’t deserve what happened to them. How many businesses will be attracted to Atlanta now? Thanks Bev for destroying Atlanta. The principals and others involved do not deserve their retirement pensions. They have possibly ruined the lives of innocent children. Parents should have known something was strange when their struggling students exceede performance on the CRCT.

ANGELA

July 8th, 2011
2:24 pm

While we are concerned with what Jay Leno is saying no one is facing the reality. These teacher’s jobs were threatened and because they were not as strong as they should have been they allowed themselves to be intimidated by the higher ups.

The fact is that they have the same rights as the administrators to report them to whom ever it is necessary to report them to and this can be done without using your name. There are too many people who are afraid today to speak up and out for what is right and fair. Too, many of us are too afraid for our own goods. I am a firm believer in what goes around will gracefully come back around.

Some years ago, this information of cheating was revealed by an old classmate of mine by the name of Patricia Calvin. I am sure that she is laughing out loud today. There was a very huge write up when she spoke out. The AJC reported on this issue and Patricia took a lot of heat for reporting this issue. And, if I remember correctly this was when BEV Hall took over.

Maureen, this had to have been sometime around 1999-2001. She and I left undergrad in 1996 so it was after that and just as Bev took over. If at all possible can you research and re-print or link that article?

former APS teacher

July 8th, 2011
2:25 pm

APS…prepare for parents to file suits against the system.

ANGELA

July 8th, 2011
2:32 pm

@Maureen

Some years ago, this information of cheating was revealed by an old classmate of mine by the name of Patricia Calvin. I am sure that she is laughing out loud today. There was a very huge write up when she spoke out. The AJC reported on this issue and Patricia took a lot of heat for reporting this issue. And, if I remember correctly this was when BEV Hall took over.

Maureen, this had to have been sometime around 1999-2001. She and I left undergrad in 1996 so it was after that and just as Bev took over. If at all possible can you research and re-print or link that article?

jsmtih

July 8th, 2011
2:39 pm

Why would the parents of the atlanta school children file suit? all those parents care about is if their children pass and move on. school is just day care of 95% of the parents that send their children to atlanta public schools. here is the cycle.: pass the kids in grade school even if they cant read
pass them in high school then get them in college because the college must accept a certain number of minorites then when the college passes them and gets them a degree that they didnt earn. they go get government jobs that they are not qualified for but since the government hires are majority blacks they get all the government jobs. on and on and on

Columbia Grad

July 8th, 2011
2:45 pm

Maureen, why are you wasting good blog space on this? I didn’t think it wasn’t funny and not because of the situation. Leno is unfunny.

I get that you are punctuating how large this scandal is by noting that it is being joked about on a late night show, but come on. Did any of us downplay how large it was before Leno made a lazy joke?

AlreadySheared

July 8th, 2011
2:51 pm

Yeah, well, unfortunately the jokes kind of write themselves.

momofboys

July 8th, 2011
2:57 pm

I can totally see these parents filing suit. If they think there might be a payout, they will jump on board. I wish I could throw up my hands and walk away from the whole mess, but we would lose a lot of money on our house. Don’t think there will be much of a demand for houses in the city for a while, even in our “desirable” zone. We are stuck. What a gigantic mess.

mystery poster

July 8th, 2011
2:58 pm

The problem is…. the kids aren’t sweating one bit.

CoCo Rules

July 8th, 2011
3:04 pm

Jay Leno is competitive. He went behind Conan’s back to steal his job away from him. That’s the kind of competitive spirit we want from our schools, teachers and students …right?

Competitive

July 8th, 2011
3:07 pm

@jsmith- They will want easy money. Plenty of lawyers will be pushing for the parents to sue, too. I think they probably have a case and can reasonably demand money for tutoring and services that were denied due to inaccurate test scores. Of course, they won’t ask for their kids to be demoted to the previous grade, because, as you noted, they are primarily happy with their kid being passed. That is not an APS problem, that is very true in affluent white systems too.

Competitive

July 8th, 2011
3:09 pm

@Maureen- I just read the article about the sales tax extension vote in metro Atlanta. How do you think this will impact that election. I think it is going to be a lot harder to pass now. People don’t believe their money is being used wisely already, then you add this cheating mess and the outrage it has brought. Bad timing for metro school systems.

Ashley

July 8th, 2011
3:15 pm

Can Saturday Night Live be far behind? Since they like to make parodies of scandals and bad behavior. Wonder wo will play Bev.Hall?(lol)

Steve

July 8th, 2011
3:21 pm

Stop blaming teachers for kids who don’t want to learn and parents that don’t care.
I say move them out of the room and leave the kids who do want to learn.
Put all the non-learning kids in together,….and teach them the same things – if you can. Just keep them away from the other kids.

Inman Park Boy

July 8th, 2011
3:33 pm

Atlanta has been “funny” for too long. The APS is more than disgraceful; it is downright useless.

@Ashley

July 8th, 2011
3:44 pm

Keenan Thompson could pull it off

Jerry Eads

July 8th, 2011
3:50 pm

@Angela has an interesting point. if Georgia was NOT a “right to work” state (i.e., unions illegal) there would have been protections for the teachers who were forced to cheat by their administrators – and apparently, superintendent – lest they lose their jobs and their means to feed their own children. This travesty might well not have happened if there had been traditional unions

Just for the record, I think teachers should be treated as the professionals they are. If so, there would be no need for traditional unions, but the fact is that teachers are treated like scum in this country – and in Georgia, and are treated even more so without the protection of a mechanism that was created to protect factory workers. Sadly, many of those who were forced to change answers – whose only wish was to serve their community as a means to feed their families – will be punished along with the despicable criminals in the central office who begat this horror.

ANGELA

July 8th, 2011
3:52 pm

@Steve

July 8th, 2011
3:21 pm
Stop blaming teachers for kids who don’t want to learn and parents that don’t care.
I say move them out of the room and leave the kids who do want to learn.
Put all the non-learning kids in together,….and teach them the same things – if you can. Just keep them away from the other kids.

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It would be nice if we could do that however, we cannot. It is hard to even put out the disruptive student because the administrators will talk to the student and bring them back. When the student comes back the disruption continues. And, here is what happens in the end – the teacher is blamed for the student’s behavior.

neandertal

July 8th, 2011
4:18 pm

What is realistic? APS will start teaching the majority population of the ATL to think and test like scholars, or things will keep getting worse, and reflect the true capacity and inclination of the students?

All the adults know that they are about to be made fools of, but while they are solving the “crisis”, they get huge paychecks and pump up their lifetime defined benefit pensions.

The crisis is good for them, but they’ll move on and let somebody else have a chance when the proof is in that all the hard work amounted to nothing but more wasted taxpayer money.

Whites are fed up. It’s going to get ugly.

Incredulous

July 8th, 2011
4:26 pm

@neandertal. You should fit comfortably in your trailer next to the chickens. The word is spelled n-e-a-n-d-e-r-t-h-a-l. neanderthal. Rather aprapros. Don’t speak for all of us. I’d rather be in a class at APS than stuck in a room with slack jawed hill-billy like yourself. Stereotypes suck, don’t they?

Lucy

July 8th, 2011
4:46 pm

Did anyone see Channel 11 trying to track down Bev Hall (I guess they can’t read the articles that say she is in Hawaii) and instead found her son? He was not friendly at all and appeared to have a bottle of YooHoo in his hand… Oh and he was driving a Mercedes. I’m so glad we could all give him such a nice car with our property taxes. I mean I wouldn’t expect him to be friendly, but he was really nasty, kind of like his dear old mum.

hello?????

July 8th, 2011
4:46 pm

Cheating is WRONG but this whole APS cheating scandal speaks volumes to the undue pressure and focus put on teachers and administrators when it comes to testing!
The pressure Bev. Hall put on the administrators was completely out of line. Ruling with an iron fist and demanding results now is no way to run a school system. Look at who you are teaching. Did you really think that these kids would pass anyway under the same old same old teaching method? The at risk kids need to be in a small classroom-7 to 8 students with a para. No money? Well then you can expect the same results.

Lucy

July 8th, 2011
4:51 pm

But they have money for graduation coaches in middle school. And math coaches. And science coaches. Reading coaches. And go to a school parking lot once school starts and check out the luxury cars in all the admin spots. So if you got rid of all the superfluous positions you could afford smaller class sizes with more REAL support that is actually in the classroom.

Letterman

July 8th, 2011
4:52 pm

The national scorn is well deserved. If it makes you uncomfortable, too bad. APS is an embarrassment to the entire metro area, not just Atlanta.

Lucy

July 8th, 2011
4:53 pm

The math coach at our school complained because she had to teach one class a week for a month. I don’t really know what she did. I think she just kind of hung out in her office. But she made more money than I did. Our graduation coach actually worked hard, but the rest of them were useless.

Out of the Bag

July 8th, 2011
5:35 pm

I can’t wait for the movie! Who plays cupcake, Biff Henderson from the Letterman show?

RD

July 8th, 2011
5:36 pm

As a parent with a kid (5th grader) in an APS cheating school and a graduating high school senior in a failing APS high school, I can’t wait to get the hell out of here. Thank you for job transfers next summer 2012. Now my 20 month old won’t have to be exposed to this toxic environment.

David Sims

July 8th, 2011
5:41 pm

I thought Leno’s joke was funny. I’m still laughing.

Paddy O

July 8th, 2011
6:17 pm

Conan, yeah, OK. How much does Atlanta represent Georgia? Empire City of the South? I don’t think so. How does it feel to be the profession (after that scandal in north Georgia with the crematorium) in Georgia that is an embarassment to the state?

Paddy O

July 8th, 2011
6:20 pm

hello – your statement are a sad testament to enabling ethos – and is a liberal stalwart – the individual is NOT responsble for his or her actions, but some other nebulous higher up. It did not work for officers in Vietnam – it will be interesting if it works for high paid teachers here in Georgia.

Henrietta

July 8th, 2011
6:23 pm

Yes, ATLANTA and GEORGIA pretty much has gone to the dog with gangs, crime, trash on the streets (except the White neighborhoods) since so many people have moved here from other states such as Philadelphia, Ohio, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, California, etc. This includes BEVERLY HALL, yes she came here by way of New Jersey (Newark at that). I can’t understand why this state can’t take care of native Georgians and stop bringing all of this bad element into our STATE. I almost hate the state I was born in, yuk!!!!!!!!

Lucy

July 8th, 2011
6:25 pm

High Paid Teachers? You have an interesting idea of what HIGHLY paid means. I guess.

gamom

July 8th, 2011
6:25 pm

Wow, I sure didn’t think this would get a whole new blog post. Sure wish Conan would comment, he’s so much funnier.

NewMinority

July 8th, 2011
6:31 pm

@former APS teacher
Don’t worry. Many (international?) businesses will be attracted to Atlanta BECAUSE of this, and more.
I’ll repost this:
ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE…..
It looks like Georgia’s middle and lower class losses- jobs, homes, education, make Georgia ripe for big business exploitation! The public schools are pumping out desirable low-wage earners. Georgia is now ranked #4 in America’s Top States for business! Our dumbed down workforce is ranked #4! There is also plenty of unoccupied CHEAP real estate. Georgia ranks 9th for cost of living! We rank #22 for education…WHO CARES? We are 38th for quality of life….WHO CARES? We are tax friendly to big business….we rank #18.

Check the stats at CNBC
http://www.cnbc.com/id/43266581

Out of the Bag

July 8th, 2011
7:09 pm

It was hot in ATL today. I was sweating like a Dougherty County teacher whose phone is ringing.

Dr. Beverly Hall's Conscience

July 8th, 2011
7:31 pm

So how do teachers educate the inner city child to give him a shot or two at success?

Dr. Beverly Hall's Conscience

July 8th, 2011
7:32 pm

Does that success have to be measured by CRCT-like tests?

Dr. Beverly Hall's Conscience

July 8th, 2011
7:37 pm

Is the tale of the 2 turkeys that a cook has to cook for Thanksgiving?

Dr. Beverly Hall's Conscience

July 8th, 2011
7:38 pm

Supposing the cook got 2 turkeys in May –a 20 lbs bird and a 10 lbs bird?

Dr. Beverly Hall's Conscience

July 8th, 2011
7:39 pm

Can the cook feed the 2 the same things at the same rate to get each to 25 lbs?

lucky lou

July 8th, 2011
8:07 pm

it looks like hall may be hearing the hoofs of indictments…trying to halfway apologize. if she did not know, then it is like john trotter said…she was the dumbest superintendent in america.

Dr. Beverly Hall's Conscience

July 8th, 2011
8:21 pm

She was the dumbest. The others leave about 2 years before the gig is up. Like Rhee from Washington, DC.

Patrick Crabtree

July 8th, 2011
9:44 pm

I’m bbbaaaccccckkkk! I am sick of Hall blaming everyone except herself. She created the climate and Augustine enforced it. Cheating is everywhere, D.C. Baltimore, Dallas, Atlanta, etc………but have you noticed the Superintendents are all Broad graduates, backed by Gates, and support Kipp and Teach for America???????? Red flags anyone????