Thursday, July 07, 2011

Despite Massive Cheating Scandal, Donors Still Shower Money on Atlanta Public Schools

Despite a massive cheating scandal, the Atlanta Public Schools probably have nothing to worry about yet. The national media will do their best to downplay possible criminal behavior since we all know teachers are above reproach. And then we have these chumps like Bill Gates oblivious enough to keep pumping millions into this criminal enterprise.
National attention on a state report castigating Atlanta Public Schools for a deeply embedded culture of cheating, cover-ups and obstruction increased the pressure Wednesday on local school officials.

They must decide starting today how the beleaguered district will deal with the fallout in its classrooms, in the larger Atlanta community and among national donors.

Those efforts, however, will coincide with a strident defense by former Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall, who “most definitely did not know of any widespread cheating” on standardized tests in 2009 or any other year, her lawyer said.

Meanwhile, teachers and others who work in the district or watch it closely said they hope the report’s release, nearly a year in the making, allows it to move on.

The most generous among of APS’ donors, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, set the tone Wednesday when it said it continues to support APS and the work it funds.

“The work we fund is making a difference for teachers and their students, and while we take this situation seriously, it shouldn’t prevent the district from doing what’s best for students,” said Christopher Williams, the foundation’s press secretary.

The Gates Foundation first awarded APS $10.5 million in 2007 to redesign the city’s high schools. Last year, it bestowed an additional $10 million in an ongoing effort to overhaul the city’s recruitment and support of teachers.

“The vast majority of the district’s educators, administrators and students have all worked hard to overcome great odds and earn stellar results,” Williams said.
Um, but the results are fraudulent.

Just imagine if we had a functioning Justice Department. They might even be interested in looking at possible criminal behavior.

1 comment:

Just A Grunt said...

Being at ground zero for this whole thing has been astounding. The local news have been trying to track down Dr Beverly Hall, the former superintendent who was named Superintendent of the Year in 2009, and who convientely stepped down just before the detailed report was released. One reporter found her son, who sitting smugly in his luxury automobile told them yeah he knew where his mom was and with a big grin and a wrist flip of the hand then dismissed the reporter. She is reportedly vacationing in Hawaii right now. Probably with some of that Gates money.

The crimminal investigation is ongoing and it will indeed be interesting to find out what all those well meaning, but gullible donors got for their money. Atlanta has wound up with a generation of kids who best prospects at future employment probably involve a long stick with a nail in the end of it since they lack even the skills to read the menu at a McDonalds.