Beverly Hall indictment a stunning turn of events

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2009 Superintendent of the Year Beverly Hall

It shouldn’t be so stunning, but it is.

Former Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly Hall — a one-time national superintendent of the year who ran the Atlanta school district with an authoritarian hand — has been indicted on racketeering and other charges, as have 34 other administrators, principals, teachers and others, in the Atlanta cheating scandal.

If convicted, Hall faces as much as 45 years in jail, and the grand jury has recommended that bail be set at $7.5 million. Given that Hall is not a great threat to flee the country and poses no danger to anyone, that bail recommendation sounds exorbitant. Frankly, it sets off warning signals that the case itself may be an overreaction, but we will see.

I’m not trying to defend Hall by any means. If she did do the crime, she should do the time, although it is possible that the charges will be bargained down if she admits guilt and returns the bonuses “earned” through cheating. As it is, the charges imply that Hall took an active and knowing role in the scandal or in the coverup. That is certainly plausible, but I’m not aware of any evidence to that effect.

On the other hand, I also didn’t sit on the grand jury.

In that light, it’s interesting that Hall’s top assistant, the much-feared Kathy Augustine, is not among those indicted, suggesting that she may have agreed to testify for the prosecution. To borrow the cliche, Augustine had the reputation as an administrator who knew where the bodies were buried because she had put them there.

There is certainly a lot of evidence — overwhelming evidence, to my mind — that Hall willfully chose to ignore proof of cheating because it served her purposes to do so. I vividly remember two telephone conversations with Hall in which I hung up the phone startled by the degree of denial that she demonstrated. It was also troubling to see the lives and careers of underlings being ruined in the scandal while Hall, the person who had previously made no bones about being in charge, looked to be walking away scot-free.

But again, we’ll have to see how this plays out in the judicial system. At the very least, we’re going to learn a lot more about how the mess went down, and perhaps about how it can be avoided not just here in Georgia but around the country.

– Jay Bookman

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That Black Guy

March 29th, 2013
7:17 pm

That Black Guy

March 29th, 2013
7:17 pm

on to the topic.

just damn.

td

March 29th, 2013
7:31 pm

If I was any of these people I would ask for a new venue because I think the after all the embarrassment this group has brought to the children and parents of Atlanta I think a jury might want to hang these people.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
7:31 pm

Teach the material, not the test.

jewcowboy

March 29th, 2013
7:31 pm

Cheating scandal? What is the problem? Isn’t this a primer in capitalism that the education system needs? Fairness is for suckers. Oh wait…they got caught and no cronies to insulate them. I guess that is the lesson to be learned.

Serious Robuck

March 29th, 2013
7:32 pm

I’m both surprised and pleased that she’s been indicted. The bail SHOULD be very high due to the damage done to the children of Atlanta and all those who worked for her, and to the City’s reputation.

My fear is the incompetence of the Fulton D.A.’s office. Perhaps Bowers and Wilson should be appointed special prosecutors.

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wsm_marathoner

March 29th, 2013
7:34 pm

Why must you always defend crimes and unethical behavior by Black people or the “Black Community.” I hope she gets what she deserves!!!!!!!

Proud of AJC

March 29th, 2013
7:34 pm

Thank you to the AJC. This would not have happened without the newspaper. I’m a Republican and want EVERY government official and employee held accountable no matter what party. The newspapers in the other cities around the country that the AJC has noted similar problems should take notice. WELL DONE!

Recon 0311 2533

March 29th, 2013
7:38 pm

Because she and others under indictment have possibly harmed our children through their selfish activities they deserve justice to the fullest extent of the law. Having said that, they’re innocent until proven guilty.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 29th, 2013
7:40 pm

Why must you always defend crimes and unethical behavior by Black people or the “Black Community.”

Sometimes the stupidity of a post still leaves me dumbfounded.

Serious Robuck

March 29th, 2013
7:43 pm

The AJC deserves the credit for this. No question. Great cities have great newspapers. Atlanta, with all its faults and failures, is very fortunate to have the AJC. At our house, this investigation is the primary reason we still subscribe. We can’t depend on Fox 5 to do serious investigative journalism, can we?

wsm_marathoner

March 29th, 2013
7:44 pm

Please!!! IF SHE WAS A WHITE BANKER YOU WOULD BE SCREAMING FOR JUSTICE NOW!!!!

Oscar

March 29th, 2013
7:51 pm

WSM – Don’t see anyone defending her on here. What are you talking about?

independent thinker

March 29th, 2013
7:53 pm

Jail nay be good for her- she might lose a few pounds. Of course she is going to be depressed to be without her $60k a year body guard and driver.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
7:53 pm

Holy crap, this one’s getting ugly from the get-go.

JamVet

March 29th, 2013
7:54 pm

On these forums, it is not unusual to see someone scream out, “Hey, look at me! I’m deranged!”

Congrats, wsm…

kayaker 71

March 29th, 2013
7:55 pm

This whole cluster has nothing to do with race, although some will make race the prime mover. It is a pathetic story of people in charge doing the wrong thing. at the expense of others, primarily the students, for their own benefit. They should pay the price.

Jay

March 29th, 2013
7:56 pm

WSM, you’re telling the world a lot more about your own obsessions than about this topic.

James

March 29th, 2013
8:00 pm

Since almost all of the people involved are Black, I predict that very, very few are convicted.

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Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
8:01 pm

Oh, and its the liberal Atlanta School Board.

Followed by:

Conservative or liberal has nothing to with it.

Why then, did you make a point of it?

Sport.

BRW

March 29th, 2013
8:01 pm

This _marathoner has obviously run a mile or two, too far.

BRW

March 29th, 2013
8:03 pm

And James is an obvious bigot.

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Recon 0311 2533

March 29th, 2013
8:09 pm

Thus far the Forsyth county school system hasn’t experienced the pollution that has affected too many public school systems in Georgia and throughout the nation. Time to shovel the left out of our public schools and out of our universities.

Jay

March 29th, 2013
8:10 pm

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Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 29th, 2013
8:11 pm

This topic and those accused does seem to bring out the worse in some posters. :roll: We still have a long way to go to achieve that post-racial society.

Steve-USA (I don't have all the answer's, I don't even know all the questions)

March 29th, 2013
8:12 pm

James – “Since almost all of the people involved are Black, I predict that very, very few are convicted.”

Yeah….because they are very few black people in jail. (insert roll eyes)

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 29th, 2013
8:13 pm

Friday night smack-down. Ringside seats still available?

Flyboy

March 29th, 2013
8:16 pm

Thug, I’ll make it easy for you. Fact, ASB is liberal. Fact, liberal or conservative has nothing to do with being a crook. But the story does get slanted depending on what side of the fence Jay sees you on.

wsm_marathoner

March 29th, 2013
8:16 pm

BRW – SORRY TO DISAPPOINT YOU BUT I AM VERY SUCCESSFUL AND EDUCATED.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZumikMAjOJ8

BADA BING (imagine an umlaut above the i, I'm trying to class this place up a little)

March 29th, 2013
8:18 pm

APS bumper sticker

“My Child Is An Honor Student (subject to an ongoing criminal investigation)”

Thomas Heyward Jr

March 29th, 2013
8:19 pm

I’m already sick of lawyers waxing eloquent about “cheating the children”…………………….while their state/taxpayer lottorific paycheck will come from…………………..literally…………..the children’s mouth and/or education.
.
despicable.
.
Jon
Corzine, Nathan Deal, Timmy Geithnor, Eric Holder, Jamy Dimon, etc…………..are still walking free?
WTF?

Jay

March 29th, 2013
8:20 pm

Seriously, a few of you are practically tripping over yourselves in your excitement at being able to take shots at those a different color than you, and by doing so are embarrassing only yourselves.

But hey, don’t let ME stop you.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
8:23 pm

Fact, liberal or conservative has nothing to do with being a crook.

Fact. You claim for the second time the school board is liberal.

Sport.

Fact. You claim for the second time liberal or conservative has nothing to do with it.

Sport.

For the second time why then did you make a point of it?

Sport.

Speaking of being schooled, our host just lowered the boom on your ass.

Sport.

Steve-USA (I don't have all the answer's, I don't even know all the questions)

March 29th, 2013
8:23 pm

wsm_marathoner – http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZumikMAjOJ8

OK…..it’s been a long, hard week so I am missing something. What is the meaning of this link? Thanks

wsm_marathoner

March 29th, 2013
8:23 pm

YOU PROVE MY POINT! Everyone ignores criminal behavior by corrupt government “leaders” and cry when anyone seeks accountability!

wsm_marathoner

March 29th, 2013
8:26 pm

And I an NOT a racist. I work with a lot of Black people and they respect me!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 29th, 2013
8:27 pm

Everyone ignores criminal behavior by corrupt government “leaders” and cry when anyone seeks accountability!

Well since you say “Everybody” that means you include yourself.

There, I have run rings around you logically!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
8:28 pm

And I an NOT a racist. I work with a lot of Black people and they respect me!

“The LADY doth PROTEST TOO MUCH, methinks.”
– Thomas “Billy Shakespeare” Jefferson

guy

March 29th, 2013
8:28 pm

James, you are exactly right unless they are conservative blacks.Then, their asses are as good as fried. Thank you for your expertise!

Flyboy

March 29th, 2013
8:33 pm

Jay, Thanks, but like I’ve said, I’ve read those articles for the past few years in this newspaper. I’m talking about your comments in your article above. The reality of the situation is this is the biggest corruption of a school system and you think it may be an “overreaction”. Clayton County and now this three years later.

Jay

March 29th, 2013
8:35 pm

Tell ya what, WSM. Why don’t you show your comments on this blog to your black friends on Monday. Let us know how that goes for you.

clem

March 29th, 2013
8:36 pm

flyboy , open mouth insert foot;
jay just kicked your booty….so go fly a kite

in other news:Sandy Springs-based UPS will pay $40 million to resolve a federal investigation into its role in shipping drugs for illegal online pharmacies.

Thomas Heyward Jr

March 29th, 2013
8:37 pm

No Child Left Behind(or with a dime nor mind) …………………..will prove to be chumpchange,
compared to ObamaCare.
(universal Healthcare insurance ………no Healthcare).
.
Typical…………………………Federale……………….BS.

Orange13

March 29th, 2013
8:38 pm

Recommended $7.5 million bail seems a little steep.

Fred ™

March 29th, 2013
8:39 pm

Special Dedication to Jay and td…………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jNlIGDRkvQ

stands for decibels

March 29th, 2013
8:40 pm

Wanking Since Monday? Is that what kind of a “marathoner” he is?

anyway, yeah, just damn, this news. not much else to say.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 29th, 2013
8:40 pm

oh no, they are slowing down. It took 48 posts to bring up Obamacare. Bring in some fresh clowns!

Fred ™

March 29th, 2013
8:41 pm

Crap. Wrong thread lol. Nice job Jay on the quick Beverly Hall thread. Kinda kicks FNM in the butt, but WOW. That’s all I could think when they broke the news (on the news lol). I figured they were going to hang her underlings and let her walk.

guy

March 29th, 2013
8:44 pm

clem, there are guilty folks of all colors. some cover more for blacks and some cover more for whites. racism and opinions are almost impossible to change.been that way since the beginning of time. sad but true!

JamVet

March 29th, 2013
8:44 pm

BADA, LOL!

Flyboy got shot down.

And not to worry Del, Forsythe County has its own particular and special scent of pollution.

Bluscot

March 29th, 2013
8:44 pm

Bookman, you’re an ass. It’s not about race; it’s about corruption. Institutional corruption has been part and parcel of Atlanta and Fulton County politics for decades. Not that these richly deserved indictments will make any difference. Paul Howard’s incompetence is enough to all but guarantee not guilty verdicts for most if not all of the miscreants.

It’s typical that you, like all the bigoted, hard Left, fall back on ad hominem attacks of “racial discrimination” when there is no other defense to be had.

getalife

March 29th, 2013
8:45 pm

Is accountability making a comeback in America?

I noticed the fed is fining instead of dishing out corporate welfare.

I like this change.

Fred ™

March 29th, 2013
8:48 pm

Bluscot

March 29th, 2013
8:44 pm

Bookman, you’re an ass. It’s not about race; it’s about corruption.
+++++++++++++++++++++

Actually using your logic, since YOU brought up race not Jay wouldn’t that make YOU the ass? I would say a total dumb ass if I were to label you, but I’m not in a labeling mood tonight so you get a pass and we’ll just let you call yourself an ass.

kayaker 71

March 29th, 2013
8:49 pm

Beverly Hall is a pathetic example of a supposedly educated, in charge, responsible leader who takes it upon herself to ignore the obvious. The people who suffer are the children of the APS. I am sure that the parents of those children are not so concerned about the race of those responsible but are mainly concerned about the neglect of those teachers that were attempting to elevate their own interests ahead of their students. You can take advantage of the system in a lot of ways but doing it at the expense of those who are entrusted to you is about the bottom of the barrel. No excuse, Beverly….. none whatsoever.

BRW

March 29th, 2013
8:50 pm

“BRW – SORRY TO DISAPPOINT YOU BUT I AM VERY SUCCESSFUL AND EDUCATED”
Keep saying it loud like that and you may just start to believe it.
Won’t make it so, but you can still believe it.

“And I an NOT a racist. I work with a lot of Black people and they respect me!”
Say that one as loud as you want. No one will swallow that BS. Not even you.

Fred ™

March 29th, 2013
8:51 pm

What I find odd is that even though 2 feeder elementary schools and one feeder middle school of Booker T. Washington High school were found to be involved in the cheating, BTW wasn’t.

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James

March 29th, 2013
9:00 pm

Does anyone really think Beverly Hall will be held accountable?
Does anyone really believe that she did not know cheating was happening?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
9:04 pm

Does anyone really think Beverly Hall will be held accountable?
Does anyone really believe that she did not know cheating was happening?

Does anybody really know what time it is?
– Thomas “Chicago” Jefferson

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2013
9:05 pm

It’s typical that you, like all the bigoted, hard Left, fall back on ad hominem attacks of “racial discrimination” when there is no other defense to be had.

Is there a separate essay depending on whether you’re left or right? There are some stupid mofo’s here tonight. This is gonna be a fun one to read.

:lol:

kayaker 71

March 29th, 2013
9:06 pm

The kind of charges that Hall is facing makes jail time, if convicted, almost a certainty. It will be interesting to note what the courts will do with an educated black middle aged female. Its a bit difficult to imagine Hall down at Pulaski serving a few years. Probation and public service?

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2013
9:06 pm

Kamchak

I take it you liked that name drop I gave you earlier, huh? I met her earlier this week and wasn’t sure whether you knew of her or not.

Mary Elizabeth

March 29th, 2013
9:09 pm

This indictment, which said that Hall put pressure on subordinates to reach goals on standardized tests, gives testimony as to why students’ standardized test scores should ONLY be used for diagnostic purposes – in order simply to assess an individual student’s correct instructional placement and correct level of instruction – and not be used for the purpose of punishing teachers.

This is, also, why a business model for public schools is actually hurtful to public education and why a business model will, in the end, counteract what public education must be about – the fulfillment of each student’s inherent potential, without unrealistic expectations and pressures. High pressure should be limited to the business arena; it should not be a part of the educational arena. High pressure for unrealistic schoolwide scores on standardized tests will only create tense educational environments, which are not conducive to learning.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
9:10 pm

SoCo/Bro

I kinda figured that’s what you were getting at.

Was this her destination, or just passing through?

Got that Kate Moss burned-out look, or at least the photos I saw.

West End

March 29th, 2013
9:11 pm

This is just another ploy to bring down the Black man.
The APS may have a few problems…but, this looks like a lynching.

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2013
9:11 pm

It will be interesting to note what the courts will do with an educated black middle aged female.

If she’s found guilty, she’ll go to jail/prison as sentenced. I don’t recall anybody getting a deferred or dismissed sentence just because of their educational background.

Catlady

March 29th, 2013
9:11 pm

Jay, may I also,point out that I and several others began pressing this long before the AJC started their investigation? I was one of several on the Get Schooled blog to assert repeatedly the impossibility of the “gains” while members of the AJC staff were still throwing parades for Hall.

So saying, the AJC had and used the clout to get state officials to examine the claims–something they should have already been doing instead of supplying confetti for the parade!

indigo

March 29th, 2013
9:12 pm

It’s just a matter of time before anguished cries of “racism” come from those indicted.

When this sh*t really hits the fan, look for Jesse and Al to be in the public view as much as possible saying “we’re here to investigate civil rights violations”.

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2013
9:12 pm

Kam

She was passing through Atlanta. She’s pretty cool and laid back.

Fred ™

March 29th, 2013
9:14 pm

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2013
9:17 pm

Fred

Zuzana Straska

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 29th, 2013
9:17 pm

The APS may have a few problems…but, this looks like a lynching.

By a black DA?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
9:19 pm

Pizzaman

March 29th, 2013
9:19 pm

Sorry Jay but this has to be said,

Don Young, the Republican Congressman from Alaska has again showed why the Republicans are wrong: old, white, bigoted!

Fred ™

March 29th, 2013
9:19 pm

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 29th, 2013
9:20 pm

Zuzana Straska

Oh, her. Nothing wrong with her that some biscuits and gravy wouldn’t cure.

independent thinker

March 29th, 2013
9:21 pm

So how is that No Child Left Behind program of our genius ex-president doing? Mission Accomplished??

liberal hack

March 29th, 2013
9:22 pm

to me, this is a case where politicans and administrators have failed the kids. stuff like this makes me severely distrust the public education system. it’s pretty sad this has happened. could happen anywhere. hope the get to the bottom of this and get the APS system back in line for the kids…

MM

March 29th, 2013
9:23 pm

One of the under-discussed aspects of this sordid affair are the dysfunctional power players that populate this city’s insular and ego-driven government and civic culture. Driven by such bad payers as Sam Williams (Metro Chamber chief and instrumental in one of the many cover-ups of this cheating scandal) and Egbert Perry (Central Atlanta Progress Director and long-time bloodsucker of public money at the Integral Group), these powers-that-be operate below the public’s radar but are as culpable as any that went before the Grand Jury. All these people have been willing to lead their plush lives at the expense of Atlanta’s black underclass and undoubtedly will continue to do so. Shame on them for the unrepentant denizens they are and shame on us for letting them get away with it for so many decades to the detriment of all poor Atlantans.

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2013
9:24 pm

Fred/godless

You don’t wanna see Cindy Crawford in person then….

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 29th, 2013
9:25 pm

Don Young, the Republican Congressman from Alaska has again showed why the Republicans are wrong: old, white, bigoted!

Pizzaman: How much are those broad brushes at Home Depot today?

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 29th, 2013
9:27 pm

You don’t wanna see Cindy Crawford in person then….

To quote Phil Robertson, “I don’t want to have to shake the sheets out to find my woman.”

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2013
9:29 pm

liberal hack

I seriously believe that the only way to reform our educational system is to get rid of the politics and stop letting politicians get involved with education other than budgeting funds. Damn near everything a politician gets involved with usually ends up being royally screwed up.

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godless

:lol: :lol: :lol:

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 29th, 2013
9:31 pm

Enter your comments here

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 29th, 2013
9:32 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
9:35 pm

The biggest problem is monitoring/measuring achievement.

Teachers are pressured to perform, so they teach the test and not the materials.

And when that doesn’t work, they change the answers on the test.

Fred ™

March 29th, 2013
9:37 pm

You don’t wanna see Cindy Crawford in person then….

Last time I saw her, she was still sleeping as I slipped out of the room………

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 29th, 2013
9:43 pm

Kam. Word. Success in education is tough to measure. We know it when we see it but then we try to apply “national standards”. Teachers need to be held to some standard, but then we have to consider what they are given to work with.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
9:48 pm

Teachers need to be held to some standard…

I say it’s time to flip the script.

Parents should be held to the same or higher standard, but outside of being publicly ostracized I don’t see any carrot or stick to motivate them.

Fred ™

March 29th, 2013
9:54 pm

Parents should be held to the same or higher standard, but outside of being publicly ostracized I don’t see any carrot or stick to motivate them.

Yeah but how do you motivate a crackhead? Not every child has Ozzie and Harriet as parents………

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 29th, 2013
9:55 pm

Well, I know I’m tipsy up here at Billy Bob’s and I’m about to get tipsier, but the more I think about this Atlanta Schools thing the madder I get.

See, it’s this way. When we want to take out after the edumacators, we don’t do it with money because, well, that costs money and that means more taxes. The way we do it is, we set up this bunch of tests we know the kids can’t do good on and when they don’t do good on them then we can fire people and have a ready reason to send our kids to private schools where they can learn about Jesus and the Dinosaurs.

I’m burnin’ mad because they plumb hoodwinked us. Instead of admitting the kids couldn’t pass the tests and standing up to get fired fair and square, they cheated on the tests and we wound up paying them big bonuses. And just when we was ready to brag and tell people, “See, a little Republican tough love took care of the problem,” we learn that they been playing us like a cheap fiddle at a carnival.

I want all these people fired and the worst ones to get the Death Penalty. Heck, I want even the teachers that wasn’t involved to get fired. That may be a burr under the saddle of a Certain Blogger on here that calls me dirty names, but that’s the way it should be.

I would write more but my new PBR just arrived. Have a good weekend everybody. And I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know of any traps the cops got set up between here and Cumming.

Brosephus™

March 29th, 2013
9:59 pm

godless

Who would set the standard for teachers? I see no problem with that approach other than that. I’d even co-sign Kamchak’s point of setting standards for parents to include the student’s input and participation. My pessimism tends to get the better of me because of the influence and control politicians have over the educational system.

getalife

March 29th, 2013
10:06 pm

Phil Robertson loves him some chunky women with meat on their bones that can cook and eat squirrel brains.

Happy, happy, happy.

Morality?

March 29th, 2013
10:12 pm

This has nothing to do with race………. how stupid could these gub’ment employees be. If nothing else they HAVE to be convicted of stupidity

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 29th, 2013
10:15 pm

Yeah but how do you motivate a crackhead?

Yeah — I dunno.