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  •  I just got done reading the report. You can read (3+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs, drmah, AverageJoe42

    it here.

    Those who reported the cheating were harassed and often fired.  The corruption went to the very top of the administration.  The report called it a "culture of fear."

    Some excerpts:

    Wither said that APS [Atlanta Public Schools] had a “mafia atmosphere” and that employees feared retaliation if they spoke up.  Principal Benton threatened to place teachers on PDP’s [Professional Development Plans] for low CRCT scores, and stated:  “We will do whatever it takes to make sure the students pass the test.”
    McGhee described a meeting between Principal Benton and teachers where Principal Benton state the GBI “was putting words in people’s mouths and interrogating them.”  Principal Benton further stated that her son was a lawyer, and that “if anyone slanders me I will sue them out the ass.”
    Principal Davis pressured teachers to get CRCT scores up.  She constantly threatened teachers with PDPs for low test scores.  Everybody knows that being on a PDP means their jobs are in jearpardy.  Principal Davis was a tyrant and the culture at Venetian Hills was basically “rule by fear.”
    Smith cheated because if the teachers did not have good test scores, the principal “would ride [their] back until [they] left.”
    Principal Brown intimidated witnesses in this investigation by requiring teacher and staff at Kennedy Middle School to meet with his personal criminal attorney at school, during school hours.

    And in one school, teachers even reported they were afraid of violent reprisals.  The union submitted objections, but the Superintendent was source of the culture of fear, and she just blew off any reports about cheating.

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    by bkamr on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 12:34:17 PM PDT

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