And Perdue handed over the Atlanta Public School Cheating Scandal over to Deal to cover-up the corruption of the business community's involvement. How perfect is that?
Thank God...there is still more good people in the United States THAN bad.
Divine good proved this in the Presidential election.
At the NORTHSIDE Warren T. Jackson Elementary …Dewberry was reinstated ??? …and Offen retired to avoid the attention in addition another accused teacher retired when notified she would be investigated. It appears cheating at Northside schools have not been handled in the same manner as Southside schools.
CRCT Investigation Report: Jackson Elementary School
Jackson Elementary School
1325 Mt. Paran Road
Principal: Dr. Lorraine Reich
Testing Coordinator: Jimmye Hawkins
SRT-4 Executive Director: Tamara Cotman
ATLANTA — The Governor’s Special Investigators who looked into allegations of CRCT cheating in Atlanta Public Schools determined that two Jackson Elementary teachers cheated in 2009.
Ann Offen told investigators that she was “certain” that students “caught on to the way I inflect my voice” and admitted to using that inflection to hint toward correct test answers. The report released Tuesday also revealed Offen’s testimony that she was “not surprised she was flagged, but she was embarrassed to be flagged.”
Like Offen, teacher Lori Dewberry said she read “dramatically” to her students throughout the school year and “may have accidentally used voice inflection when reading the correct answer choices during the 2009 CRCT.” (318)
Investigators concluded that Offen and Dewberry cheated, but principal Lorraine Reich was unaware of it. (319) Reich is still principal of Jackson Elementary, according to the school’s website.
/////////////////////////The school system continues to purge the nearly 180 educators implicated in the cheating scandal. For months APS attorneys — and, at times, Davis himself as a witness — have pursued the termination of the employees in tribunals. The blanket argument is the district has “lost confidence” in the educators.///////////////////////////////////////////
The PUBLIC has lost confidence in the ADMINISTRATORS. The actions taken against the teachers are used to divert your attention away from the PROBLEMS that remain within Atlanta Public Schools.
It seems like Davis allowed the Northside teachers involved in the cheating scandal special privileges that were not given to Southside teachers. At Warren T. Jackson the two teachers accused of voice inflection and redirecting students to check answers does not seem to be handled in the same manner as exposed in his last southside tribunal involvement. With proper research...and comparing the current dog and pony show with those cheating at Northside APS Warren T. Jackson it would expose that SOME were handled with kid gloves...with one teacher at WT Jackson reinstated and another two taking the "retirement" way out.
I agree with Davis...“My sense is we still have a lot of work to do.”
There are still ADMINISTRATORS with the BEVERLY HALL unethical morals lurking behind fake high test scores in NORTHSIDE schools. As the Davis APS crack down on cheating continues ...watch the test scores in these high performing Northside schools start to plummet.
As with Lance Armstrong ...No matter HOW MUCH PROOF is laid before supporters in attempts to disclose the truth with CHEATING...some will stay loyal regardless.
Davis needs to focus on the failures of the Atlanta Public Schools that ALLOWED the CORRUPTION to grow and fester ...grievances and the ability to report wrong doing without reprisals from the upper administrators caused the systemic problem. Many of those involved...INCLUDING old BOARD MEMBERS ( MIESTER and others ) turned a blind eye when the bullhorn was blown long before the media was involved ...ALL THOSE INVOLVED chose to ignore TEACHERS attempting to report the problems within APS.
What is shameful ... those knowing they were involved... currently...HOLD their POSITIONS of AUTHORITY... with a sense of entitlement. The "Lance Armstrong" sociopaths continue to reign without any guilt of wrong doing.
Yes, there is still much work to do!...
The situation with the case of Precious Moon peals back yet another layer of the corrupt practices in a tribunal and the Professional Standards Commission.
The "set of rules" established do not fairly address everyone in the same manner. Depending on WHO you KNOW...and your Northside connection in APS ...it appears you can have special privileges in the process of DISAGREEING with APS.
REVIEW of the cheating in APS ..
Amazing in 2004...When attempting to use the media (AJC) early on ... their response to my reports of APS wrongdoing were not considered NEWSWORTHY.
MANY teachers attempting to use the processes made available to DISAGREE with APS ...PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, the STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION have not been granted the news media coverage of our cases ...due process...or any attempt to CLEAR OUR NAMES PUBLICLY for trying to use the processes made available to report wrong doing with NO REPRISALS.
If anything...those under the KNOWN CORRUPTION OF BEVERLY HALL..where as the SYSTEM has admitted to FALSIFIED INVESTIGATIONS...and the cover-up and illegal use of the grievance process should be given restitution for their reported cases.
I think MyGrant should use the same processes given to all those teachers in APS that have previously tried to REPORT WRONG DOING in the school system.
1. File a grievance.
2, Report to Ga. Professional Standards Commission
3. File a Lawsuit.
Without any of these...MyGrant has received more than MOST TEACHERS that attempted to report wrong doing in APS under BEVERLY HALL. The AJC and WSBTV news media gave him attention based on his association with the NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY.
In 2004...this press release by the GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT...was ignored.
Why? Because it exposed a NORTHSIDE APS SCHOOL.
The connected Northside Buckhead community squelched the information ... which caused the cheating issues and corruption in APS to prolong for several more years under Beverly Hall's administration.
Yes, from my experiences...NORTHSIDE APS is privileged.
MyGrant needs to use the same legal remedies afforded to anyone else. The AJC and Maureen at GET SCHOOLED have given him special attention...
PRESS RELEASE- Sent to all Atlanta News Media – February 5, 2004
Atlanta School Teacher Alleges Discrimination, Abuse of Authority and Falsified or Misleading Documentation at Award-Winning Elementary School–Sues to be Reinstated
Today -February 5, 2004, a federal suit was served on the Atlanta Public School system and a school official alleging they retaliated against teacher John Sam, Jr. after he challenged discriminatory practices used to assign students to classes, abuse of the admissions process, financial mismanagement, and other improper practices. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the application documents sent from Warren T. Jackson Elementary School in the Northwest section of Atlanta to the U. S. Department of Education to compete for a “National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” award were false or misleading. Jackson was one of the Atlanta schools that received National Blue Ribbon recognition in the 2000-2001 school year.
According to the complaint, Mr. Sam was harassed, humiliated and transferred to another school, after he challenged the management ethics and practices of Principal Loraine Reich. Mr. Sam was especially concerned about the practice of placing all English as a second language (ESL) students in one section of the school, regardless of grade or age, and calling it a “Family Suite.” He sites numerous instances of intimidation and threats issued by Reich to any staff who questioned her practices or authority.
“Jackson operated like a private school funded by the taxpayers,” said Sam. “If you had the right parents or your family came from the right background you could enroll at Jackson, no matter where you lived in or outside of Atlanta. If not, you didn’t stand a chance.” Mr. Sam expressed concerns about the process and data used to justify Jackson’s application for recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the federal Department of Education. He raised concerns about submissions to the Georgia State Pay for Performance program.
Further, the complaint alleges that when Mr. Sam requested that minutes from school Leadership Team Meetings be accurate or to tape record the meetings, Reich and others threatened him, humiliated him in front of colleagues, and forced him to stay in closed door meetings while he was verbally abused for extended periods by Reich. “At that moment I realized I had no option but to file a grievance. When that failed to bring about an end to the corrupt practices and the retaliation escalated. I felt I had to file this lawsuit so I could regain my career and inform the public of the issues plaguing Jackson Elementary and many others in Atlanta Public Schools. Teachers are petrified to speak out. All they have to do is look at what happened to me at the hands of my Principal and the APS Administration to know they need to keep their mouth shut unless they want to find a new career.”
Despite over ten years of outstanding performance at Jackson Elementary and over seventeen years in education service, Mr. Sam was suddenly placed on a performance review plan shortly after he sought to address the troubling problems he witnessed at the school. However, the plan was merely a ruse to pressure him. Mr. Sam’s supervisors never followed through on the plan. As a result of the continual humiliation and pressure placed upon him, Mr. Sam was eventually forced to resign his teaching job.
The Government Accountability Project, a leading national whistleblower organization, is supporting Mr. Sam’s effort to bring greater accountability for school administrators and better support to teachers in the classroom. “We know that teachers like John Sam throughout the country have the best information about what is happening in the public schools—information parents, legislators and taxpayers need to properly assess their school system’s performance,” said staff attorney Doug Hartnett. “This case demonstrates that teachers are powerless to challenge wrongdoing without risking devastating consequences. It isn’t just school employees that get hurt when administrators act this way. Ultimately, the children suffer.” Government Accountability Project is calling for the Atlanta Public Schools to reconsider the action taken against Mr. Sam and to fully and publicly investigate the charges in his complaint. “We expect students to be accountable for their actions. At the very least, we expect educators to model that behavior, Hartnett added.
Atlanta's Northside PUBLIC SCHOOLS...are PRIVATE to most. The same rules do not apply to these Buckhead schools in the Atlanta Public School system
The trend has been ...gangster and guilty at any airport before take off...So in a society that pretends racism does not exist... Trayvon's generation has watched the rights of American citizens deteriorate for most of their young life. Wake up people! RACE issues are candy coated and hidden behind forced niceties that pretend they are not judging based on ethnic origin. Go to any airport...Most of the "rent a cop" security will have you tazzered and arrested if you flinch or make a smart comment. Our AMERICAN culture is screwed up... This is an unfortunate situation ... the killer of Trayvon should be properly arrested. More deeply society needs to open their eyes and look around... our rights as American citizens have been violated since HOMELAND SECURITY was created. Any one of us could be arrested and suspect for any reason in our current screwed up AMERICAN WAY. What a shame that it took this young man's life to stir up people to start thinking.
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