Hall’s studied ignorance doesn’t mitigate guilt

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2009 Superintendent of the Year Beverly Hall

According to Beverly Hall’s attorney — “Dr. Accountable” herself is nowhere to be found — the former superintendent “most definitely did not know of any widespread cheating” in Atlanta public schools.

If that is true — and it probably is — it’s because Hall “most definitely” chose not to know of any widespread cheating.

Hall chose not to look. She chose not to care. She chose to be blind because it suited her own interests to be blind, and her own interests were paramount.

Not Beverly Hall, but ...

Not the 2009 superintendent of the year, but ...

The state investigative report released this week documents repeated instances in which Hall and her top staff took aggressive, conscious action to ensure that the superintendent would not be confronted with evidence of cheating. She did not wish to hear, see or know anything that might threaten the illusions she had created for herself and others.

For example, in a conversation several months ago but long after the scale of this scandal had become obvious to anyone willing to see it, Hall repeatedly took umbrage at my use of the word “pervasive” to describe the cheating problem. She continued to insist that problems, if they existed at all, were isolated incidents that reflected only on the integrity of the individuals involved. I hung up the phone frustrated and stunned at the level of denial.

Ignorance can never be an acceptable excuse for leadership failure on this scale. However, it is particularly unacceptable when that ignorance has been willful and self-imposed, as it was in Hall’s case.

The harsh depiction of Hall in the state report as a leader detached, unwilling to accept responsibility and consumed with protecting her own reputation has been confirmed in no uncertain terms by her subsequent public reaction, or lack thereof.

For 12 years, she ran the district with an iron fist, eagerly accepting the awards, laurels and financial benefits that came with her leadership position. Today, with the district dealing with the aftermath of the greatest cheating scandal in U.S. education history, with the harsh glare of a national spotlight on the people she led into this mess, Hall herself has vanished, leaving others to take the heat.

In fact, judging from her own recent statements and those of her lawyer, Hall continues to believe herself no more responsible for what has happened to the students, teachers and other employees in the district than if she had been some night janitor at an elementary school.

Consider this lovely statement issued through Hall’s attorney, Richard Deane:

“Apparently, not one of the 82 persons who allegedly ‘confessed’ to cheating told the investigators that Dr. Hall at any time instructed, encouraged or condoned cheating.”

Look at those words “allegedly ‘confessed’.” They drip with denial verging on contempt. The quote marks around the word “confessed” are particularly telling, as if there were some doubt about it. Even now, in the face of all this evidence and first-hand, eyewitness testimony, Hall cannot bring herself to admit the truth. She continues to demonstrate precisely the type of behavior and lack of character that state investigators attribute to her in the report.

In fact, in Hall’s entire public statement, as in the videotaped farewell to APS employees released last month, you cannot find a single scintilla of regret or gesture of responsibility.

Meanwhile, 178 teachers and administrators who in some way or other compromised themselves in order to try to operate in the environment that Hall created now face the loss of their livelihood and in some cases worse. Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis — the perfect person to handle a very tough job — has made it clear that they will never again work for the Atlanta Public School system, and most will probably never work again in education anywhere.

That’s appropriate and necessary. In fairness, however, it should be acknowledged that some of those 178 people simply got caught up in something larger than themselves, something they felt helpless to buck. While that cannot excuse their behavior, it does help explain it. We all would like to think that placed in such situations, we would do the right thing, but most people are not heroes; heroes, almost by definition, are rare.

Instead, the brunt of the blame belongs to those who create a system so perverse that compliance or heroism seem like the only available options — those who even now seek to evade accountability.

It starts at the very top.

– Jay Bookman

329 comments Add your comment

Granny Godzilla

July 7th, 2011
12:24 pm

Guilt or ignorance?

Either makes her look real bad.

Dave R.

July 7th, 2011
12:29 pm

I’m sure one good process server could find her . . .

stands for decibels

July 7th, 2011
12:32 pm

Apparently, not one of the 82 persons who allegedly ‘confessed’ to cheating told the investigators that Dr. Hall at any time instructed, encouraged or condoned cheating.

Alzo, zhere hass never been a successful eshcape from Stalag 13.

Adam

July 7th, 2011
12:32 pm

I hope she’s starting to put away the money she’s making. She’ll need it, if justice is to be served and she at least gets fired.

Mr Right

July 7th, 2011
12:33 pm

Your pic of Schultz is very appropriate, ” I see NOTHING I hear NOTHING”.

Adam

July 7th, 2011
12:34 pm

Jay: Love the pic you used of Schultz

Aquagirl

July 7th, 2011
12:34 pm

(Pic caption) “Not the 2009 superintendent of the year, but …”

Good one, Jay. Except Sgt. Shultz was more credible.

BADA BING

July 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

Has anyone involved in ATL City Gov’t had the decency to contact the other nominees in the National Supt of the Year 2009, and apologize? Will the title and/or cash prizes be given to the real winners?

josef

July 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

From the report, posted here yesterday and making the rounds among those of us trying to regain some sense of balance

“Unknown to Ms Payne, on July 6, 2009, Dr. Hall signed the letter without Ms. Payne’s suggested changes. (Ex 26). It was not until a year later, in 2010, when Payne was preparing to testify at a PSC hearing related to Deerwood Academy that she saw a copy of Dr. Hall’s July 6, 2009 letter. Payne’s response on reading the letter: “Oh shi t.” She realized that, in spite of her verbal and written warnings to McKee and Augustine that the investigation was not complete, they had allowed the false and misleading letter to be sent to Kathy Mathers, executive director of GOSA.”

“Oh shi t?” Maybe that should be the title of this whole report.

My personal opinion? Nothing short of her head on a platter with an apple in her mouth…

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
12:37 pm

“Hall’s studied ignorance doesn’t mitigate guilt”

But Jay …………. it’s just the standard liberal position to take in these matters.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
12:37 pm

finn mccool

July 7th, 2011
12:37 pm

I agree – you shouldn’t put people in a situation like that.

Jack

July 7th, 2011
12:38 pm

Piling on may come back to bite Bookman.

Mr Right

July 7th, 2011
12:38 pm

Instead, the brunt of the blame belongs to those who create a system so perverse that compliance or heroism seem like the only available options, and who even now seek to evade accountability. It starts at the very top.

And who are you referring to?

Aquagirl

July 7th, 2011
12:39 pm

But Jay …………. it’s just the standard liberal position to take in these matters.

Sgt. Shultz was a liberal?

finn mccool

July 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

Where is the list of people who reigned during trhe hall administration. They might be good educators that we need back.

Jimmy62

July 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

She’s just like a politician. She created a problem knowing that the bad stuff wouldn’t come out till she was out of office. Sort of like how Obama did Obamacare and set it up so the really destructive policies won’t come in to effect till he’s no longer up for election.

josef

July 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

If you read the report, take a good look at what happened to those who blew the whistle and stood their ground…

Adam

July 7th, 2011
12:41 pm

Scout: But Jay …………. it’s just the standard liberal position to take in these matters.

FYT

BADA BING

July 7th, 2011
12:42 pm

She might have a medal around her neck, but I sense that the blue ribbon is tightening a little each day. As a smarmy action hero might quip…. “Hang around Beverly”.

stands for decibels

July 7th, 2011
12:42 pm

Except Sgt. Shultz was more credible.

yeah.

By the way, I knew that the actor who played Schultz had fled Germany in the 30s. Didn’t know until now that his family had perished in the Holocaust. Damn…

also:

[John] Banner was loved not only by the viewers, but by the cast of Hogan’s Heroes as well (as recalled by cast members on the Hogan’s Heroes DVD commentary). The Jewish Banner defended his character, telling TV Guide in 1967: “Schultz is not a Nazi. I see Schultz as the representative of some kind of goodness in any generation.”

much as I’d like to actually comment on-topic, gotta go produce. later, all.

AmVet - A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

July 7th, 2011
12:42 pm

Jay, more great information on this scandal.

But I feel it is a bit of a cheap shot by placing Oliver North’s photo under her’s…

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
12:43 pm

Uh Oh !

The libs. aren’t going to like this !

Headline: “The recession was hard on men, who saw construction and manufacturing jobs dry up, but the recovery is proving much kinder. In a rare turnabout, men are outpacing women in getting jobs as the economy struggles back to life — and they’re doing it partly by taking work in fields long dominated by women.”

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
12:44 pm

I see I rang a few bells ……… good !

Tommy Maddox

July 7th, 2011
12:44 pm

Firing squads are no longer in vogue, correct?

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 7th, 2011
12:44 pm

And to think this woman was making over $400K/yr. I’m still trying to picture teachers and principals erasing students answers and putting the correct answer for them. That is so outragious I don’t even know how to react… I mean think about a teacher actually changing the answers of students exam to make themselves look good, that is beyond pathetic.

And paying this woman over $400K when obviously she did nothing, absurdity… Another example of tax dollars pissed away…

BADA BING

July 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

Fired teachers…..bring on the lawsuits! Teach the city of ATL a lesson. Sue the Supt and Principals personally in civil lawsuits, take their award money and pensions.

Did Beverly Hall's contract with APS have a clawback provision?

July 7th, 2011
12:47 pm

Seems to me like Dr. Hall should have to give all that money back….fraud indeed.

Joe Mama

July 7th, 2011
12:48 pm

Mike — “And to think this woman was making over $400K/yr. I’m still trying to picture teachers and principals erasing students answers and putting the correct answer for them. That is so outragious I don’t even know how to react… I mean think about a teacher actually changing the answers of students exam to make themselves look good, that is beyond pathetic.”

Jay and any attorneys we may have with us today — can anyone speculate knowledgeably on what sort of charges might be appropriately brought against Dr. Hall?

I’m sure we all have our ideas about what she deserves in terms of charges and punishments, but I’m asking if we have anyone who can give a more *substantive* exposition on the topic.

Message from Matti

July 7th, 2011
12:48 pm

Mr. Bookman,

WELL DONE! Way to flex your Journalist mussskles! It is the duty of citizens to hold our officials accountable, and the duty of journalists to let us know when to do that. We see too little of it nowadays, and I appreciate your efforts to provide this much-needed service.

(Also, excellent use of the Sgt. Schultz photo. Heh…)

jt

July 7th, 2011
12:50 pm

The face of government.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
12:50 pm

AmVet:

Interesting definition of a conservative you have there. Consider this …………………….

A liberal generally supports:

Taxpayer-funded and/or legalized abortion
Censorship of teacher-lead prayer in classrooms and school sponsored events
Support for gun control
Support of obscenity, pornography and violence in video games as a First Amendment right[4]
Income redistribution, usually through progressive taxation
Government-rationed medical care, such as Universal Health Care
Taxpayer-funded and government-controlled public education
The denial of inherent gender differences
Insisting that men and women be placed in the same jobs in the military
Legalized same-sex marriage
Tax and spend
Trying to impede the freedoms of others
Implementation of affirmative action
Political correctness
Support of labor unions
Teaching acceptance of promiscuity through sexual “education” rather than teaching abstinence from sex.
A “living Constitution” that is reinterpreted as liberals prefer, rather than how it was intended
Government programs to rehabilitate criminals
Abolition of the death penalty
Disarmament treaties
Globalism
Opposition to the Bible and God.
Opposition to full private property rights
Reinstating the Fairness Doctrine
Opposition to domestic wire-tapping as authorized in the Patriot Act
Calling anyone they agree with a “professor” regardless of whether he earned that distinction based on a real peer review of his work
Opposition of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a major part of the War on Terrorism.
Withholds support to our armed forces fighting overseas to protect their freedoms.
Promote arrogance through what they consider superior lifestyles.
Tolerance of wrongheaded ideas and lifestyles.
Supports financially irresponsible policies.
Following policies which are proven to be incorrect.
Do not support a free-market economy and support regulation of business.
“The long romance of Western leftists with some of the bloodiest regimes and political movements in history is a story not told often enough
Support of leftist ideologies such as socialism and nazism

Aquagirl

July 7th, 2011
12:50 pm

Maybe they’ll let her wear that medal in her mugshot.

Mr Right

July 7th, 2011
12:51 pm

Enter your comments here

BADA BING

July 7th, 2011
12:52 pm

You know, if you squint your eyes a little, that pic of Supt Hall looks like she is wearing a Nazi helmet.

AmVet - A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

July 7th, 2011
12:54 pm

It could get worse for her, she could violate numerous US laws and then lie to the United States Congress.

Oh that’s right, that’s no big deal…

http://tinyurl.com/452zms2

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 7th, 2011
12:54 pm

Well, this Hall woman was so slick she deserves the Ornery Redneck Award we give every year up at Billy Bob’s. You can’t hardly help scratching your head and admiring how she took all the money and awards for doing nothing but hit the Delete key and then just up and vanished. You can’t hardly top that. If it was my tax money that got peeed away on her and her helpers, I might be mad. But those Atlanta city slickers deserve the shafting they got. Maybe they can bawl a while and then beg to get another bunch of trains to ride.

Dave R.

July 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

I suspect there will be a few “Destruction of Evidence” charges filed with those reports being destroyed / deleted, and a slam-dunk on Open Records Retention violations as well.

Don’t see much else they can get her on legally.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

Recently, a man in Texas had his census form sent back.
In answer to the question, ‘Do you have any dependents?’, he put:

“Asylum seekers, illegal immigrants, crack heads,
unemployable leeches, the cast of The Jerry Springer Show, 80,000
people in our 133 penal establishments in Texas, leftovers in Texas
from Katrina, half of freaking Mexico, Some of the Congress, most of the
Senate and a sorry a** ‘Closet Muslim’ President!”

Apparently this wasn’t an acceptable answer.

josef

July 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

Hall was brought in and lionized by that d*mnable Occupied Atlanta PR pep squad…they’re the ones we should be going after as the ultimately responsible, but that ain’t gonna happen…

Paul

July 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

You’ve got a tough road ahead, Atlanta. Hopefully it won’t take too long to make it through the rough part.

And good luck with all those kids who thought they were doing well and who now find out they aren’t as competent as they thought. Or who thought because an authority figure told them it was okay to cheat it applies in other areas of life. And good luck with…

oh heck. I’m with josef and his 12:35.

md

July 7th, 2011
12:56 pm

Well…….if she ran it into the ground, by today’s standards, she should get a multi-million dollar parachute and lifetime pension at triple salary…………….

DebbieDoRight

July 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

DaveR & Stands — you guys need Jesus! :)

RB from Gwinnett

July 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

” I hung up the phone frustrated and stunned at the level of denial.”

If you were expecting her to admit any knowledge of or involvement in felony behavior, that would make you and idiot, Jay.

If you don’t think this whole deal was about getting pay raises and promotions, you’re kidding yourself. Every one of those involved should be terminated and their pensions should be eliminated. Time for some serious house cleaning.

BTW, where’s Jesse? Is he going to defend Hall or the kids who were cheated out of an education by pathetic teachers who thought it easier to change tests than to actually teach?

Jefferson

July 7th, 2011
12:58 pm

Dang, she has all the characterists of the GOP…

BADA BING

July 7th, 2011
12:58 pm

josef……leftovers from the Shirley Franklin term.

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 7th, 2011
12:59 pm

From what I read a large portion of her salary was incentive based, this may end up criminal. Not to mention what the students must be thinking, I feel for them, teachers are not their parents, but they have a duty to act as good examples for children. Cheating teachers, never heard that one before, will they be banned from teaching for life??

Who knows what other tests were bogus and what kind of fraudulent scholarships were handed out because of these actions…

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 7th, 2011
1:01 pm

“Dang, she has all the characterists of the GOP…”

Based on your spelling maybe you had teachers give you a little help to get out of school if you did… And let me make a wild guess, Beverly Hall is not a Republican, not that this story has anything to do with politics…

scrappy

July 7th, 2011
1:02 pm

1811/1801 – 0311/0317 – you one crazy blogger, you should seriously try to open up your world, you might learn something, These couple really made me start laughing out loud…

Tolerance of wrongheaded ideas and lifestyles.
Supports financially irresponsible policies.
Following policies which are proven to be incorrect.

Isn’t that the GOP handbook? :) hahahaha

Jefferson

July 7th, 2011
1:05 pm

The fact remain even though the nits were picked…

jconservative

July 7th, 2011
1:06 pm

Hall reminds me of George W Bush, preach one thing and do the opposite.

DebbieDoRight

July 7th, 2011
1:07 pm

Jay: repeated instances in which Hall and her top staff took aggressive, conscious action to ensure that the superintendent would not be confronted with evidence of cheating. She did not wish to hear, see or know anything that might threaten the illusions she had created for herself and others

Reminds me of the Eddie Murphy joke: Woman sees husband in their marital bed with another woman. She screams, runs out the room crying and upset. Man runs up behind her and says it wasn’t what it looked like – nothing happened. Woman screams “You’re lying I saw you!!” Man says “Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?”

Woodstock Mike: I mean think about a teacher actually changing the answers of students exam to make themselves look good, that is beyond pathetic.

Didn’t something like that happen at Georgia Tech with some athletes a few years back?

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:08 pm

scrappy:

Come on …………. be original …………….. :o

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:08 pm

I’m wondering if some colleges out there should be investigating academic scholarships granted to Atlanta students ??????

mm

July 7th, 2011
1:08 pm

Sometimes laws (NCLB) have unintended consequences. LOL

josef

July 7th, 2011
1:09 pm

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:09 pm

P.S. to scrappy:

If is wasn’t for me and BADA BING you guys wouldn’t have any fun !

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:10 pm

josef:

You’re asking for it.

RB from Gwinnett

July 7th, 2011
1:11 pm

“I’m wondering if some colleges out there should be investigating academic scholarships granted to Atlanta students ??????”

I’m guessing their SAT scores would have tipped them off.

Another Voice

July 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

Wonder what Gary Price, John Rice, Ann Cramer and all the others in the Chamber of Commerce education gang are thinking now. They so willingly and lovingly supported Hall and turned a blind eye to all the grass-roots allegations over the years … sure wish we could bill those bozos for the costs of the GBI investigation, since they couldn’t do a real investigation themselves.

@@

July 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

As far as I’m concerned, Hall has failed to deliver in child support. Garnish her wages. The feds are taking two year salaries from banking executives who wrongfully benefited in the recent crisis.

The loss in education for APS students is no less egregious. In many ways it’s even more so.

Fleecing the innocent? Adults shouldn’t be so…they’ve had ample time to learn.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

AmVet:

What say ye????

Headline: ” Interrogation at sea skirts Obama pledge”

“The Obama administration, which refuses to send terrorism suspects to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, on Wednesday defended its decision to interrogate a detainee for two months aboard a U.S. Navy ship, outside the reach of American law. Published 1:37 p.m. July 6, 2011.”

Oh, what tangled webs we weave ……………………….

josef

July 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

“I’m wondering if some colleges out there should be investigating academic scholarships granted to Atlanta students ??????”

They will be looking at the APS students and that’s tragic. An awful lot of hardworking, talented and dedicated young people are going to have to suffer courtesy this sow and her hawg lot of sychophants…

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:13 pm

RB from Gwinnett :

True …………….. but if you remember there was a big push to ignore those (they were biased) in favor of grades.

Hummmmmm………………………….. not surprising is it.

BADA BING

July 7th, 2011
1:13 pm

What is the difference between Supt Hall and SGT Schultz? One is a fat, incompetent failure who systematically destroyed thousands of lives. The other is a Nazi.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:15 pm

josef:

How do people like her get in positions of authority (don’t bother ………. I know the answer).

I’m betting I could out score her on about any test (math, history, science, government) you want to come up with.

I’m not bragging ………… I’m serious and you know YOU COULD TOO.

DebbieDoRight

July 7th, 2011
1:15 pm

Jay and any attorneys we may have with us today — can anyone speculate knowledgeably on what sort of charges might be appropriately brought against Dr. Hall?

Not my area of expertise, however, my answer is “it depends”.

Yeah, yeah I know. — but I would have to see any evidence against her first. I’d need to see the actual PROOF from the Feds and/or City of Atl. first. Anything else, is clearly “speculation”.

Example – there was a lot of circumstantial evidence against Casey Anthony, but not any hard PROOF.

AmVet - A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

July 7th, 2011
1:16 pm

Does anybody know how many children were affected and how many tests were “corrected”?

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:19 pm

Jay:

I think you should call the National Hurricane Center immediately !!!

The next hurricane is scheduled to be named “Bret”.

I think you should request on behalf of the citizens of Atlanta that it be renamed “BEVERLY” !

josef

July 7th, 2011
1:20 pm

Well, I’d better keep my mouth shut…there’s plenty more where she came from and payback is par for the course…discretion being the greater part of valor…

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:20 pm

DebbieDoRight :

How about a good old-fashioned “tar and feathering” and a trip out of Atlanta “on a rail” ?

greggo

July 7th, 2011
1:20 pm

It’s all very sad…back in the 1950s and 1960s the Atlanta Public Schools was considered one of the best systems in the country. Now it’s arguably the worst and probably should be shut down altogether.

md

July 7th, 2011
1:20 pm

“defended its decision to interrogate a detainee for two months aboard a U.S. Navy ship, outside the reach of American law. Published 1:37 p.m. July 6, 2011.”

Now we will see the real Holder……….and the precedent he is setting for his replacement……….this is where it gets tricky.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:20 pm

josef:

I hear you …………. sadly.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:21 pm

md:

Yep ……………… now they squirm.

DebbieDoRight

July 7th, 2011
1:21 pm

josef: An awful lot of hardworking, talented and dedicated young people are going to have to suffer courtesy this sow and her hawg lot of sychophants…

josef, don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel!

@@: The loss in education for APS students is no less egregious. In many ways it’s even more so.

Word. Fer Skeezy Weezy.

@@

July 7th, 2011
1:22 pm

…this sow and her hawg lot of sychophants…

YOWZAH!!!

They will be looking at the APS students and that’s tragic. An awful lot of hardworking, talented and dedicated young people are going to have to suffer courtesy this sow and her hawg lot of sychophants…

josef:

Hopefully, Gov. Deal will step up on behalf of APS students.

Sonny Perdue stepped up for Clayton County’s students

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:22 pm

greggo :

Careful ………….. Jay will initate a call for “busing” again. You know how well that worked.

Have you ever contemplated how the courts said, “this will happen” ………. and it did ……….. and now it has gone full circle and many schools are again segregated ?

scrappy

July 7th, 2011
1:23 pm

I don’t know about fun, I’d prefer to see some debate, not drivel. After reading the AJC blogs I have to go the nationawide ones to remember that there are a lot people out there that do agree with “liberals”….

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 7th, 2011
1:23 pm

Funny how I see a few liberals make comments about how this kind of action is typcial of the GOP…

I tell you what’s typical of a liberal, when we know that Beverly Hall is a registered Democrat and we know that she is guilty of these outragious actions, yet still a liberal is able to use some kind of twisted logic to associate these actions with the GOP.

It’s simple, she is a Democrat, common sense would tell us that most teachers in Atlanta are Democrats, they CHEATED AND FALSIFIED TEST SCORES FOR FINANCIAL GAIN, that’s it…

What they did is a true reflection of their character, when it comes to integrity there actually isn’t much worse than cheating, should I assume this is a common theme with all Democrats? Well, I’m smarter than that and I know all Democrats aren’t this pathetic…

mm

July 7th, 2011
1:23 pm

What a shame. Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers are going down in flames.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:25 pm

@@:

Only if they are truly deserving.

In my prior agency one of the toughest things for an applicant was to pass the initial Treasrury Law Enforcement test. That was the first thing to weed them out.

The failure rate was about 55%. I saw straight A college students fail it time and again.

Too bad ………………………..

Ivan

July 7th, 2011
1:25 pm

“Well, I’m smarter than that and I know all Democrats aren’t this pathetic…”

Yep. Just most of them.

Uncle Jed

July 7th, 2011
1:25 pm

Hall reminds me of George W Bush

And I was think a cross between Obama and Sammy Davis Jr. : Full of crap and wearing a big a$$ medallion.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:26 pm

WOODSTOCK MIKE:

I’m betting she could move to Washington, D.C. and be elected Mayor the next time out.

getalife

July 7th, 2011
1:26 pm

She got paid and is gone.

Move on.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

Uncle Jed:

I thought that was an “Olympic Gold Medal” for Sumo wrestling !

DebbieDoRight

July 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

Scout: DebbieDoRight :How about a good old-fashioned “tar and feathering” and a trip out of Atlanta “on a rail” ?

No let’s REALLY hurt her where it counts. Let’s get her in the pocketbook. Make her repay the City of Atlanta her salary of the last 4 years. PLUS — recomp any speakers’ fees, travelling expenses etc. to the city.

Uncle Jed

July 7th, 2011
1:28 pm

Move on.
++++++++++

Just add the .org and you’ve got Lewinsky II (I guess it would actually be MoveOn.edu)

BADA BING

July 7th, 2011
1:29 pm

They should rename the APS…….Big Mama’s House!

Uncle Jed

July 7th, 2011
1:30 pm

I thought that was an “Olympic Gold Medal” for Sumo wrestling !

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I think it was actually Egg Laying

Granny Godzilla

July 7th, 2011
1:30 pm

Woodstock Mike

Cheated and Falsified…..

Finally a blog on Clarence Thomas?

BADA BING

July 7th, 2011
1:31 pm

The AJC reports that there is a movie coming out about Hall and the APS scandal. Starring Tyler Perry!!

getalife

July 7th, 2011
1:31 pm

She played the system and won.

You cons should love her.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:32 pm

getalife supports Beverly Hall’s fraud !

Uncle Jed

July 7th, 2011
1:32 pm

Granny Godzilla

July 7th, 2011
1:30 pm
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Racist ;-)

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

July 7th, 2011
1:32 pm

BADA:

Don’t do that !

Brad Steel

July 7th, 2011
1:32 pm

Like in most academic disputes, why was her denial so adamant? Because the stakes were so low.

It looks like it “following the money” in this case, will only make you snicker and pity.

Joe Mama

July 7th, 2011
1:33 pm

1811 — “I think you should request on behalf of the citizens of Atlanta that it be renamed “BEVERLY” !

Clearly, we have *already* been struck by Hurricane Beverly.

getalife

July 7th, 2011
1:34 pm

“getalife supports Beverly Hall’s fraud !”

She was convicted of fraud?