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Massive public school standardized test cheating scandal in Atlanta - Suspects to surrender today


On Friday a grand jury's indictments were revealed naming, among others, former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, as well as several high-level administrators, principals, teachers and testing coordinators.

Hall faces charges including racketeering, false statements and theft. Prosecutors say some pay bonuses she received were tied to falsified scores on standardized tests. She retired just days before the 2011 probe was released, and has previously denied the allegations.

A state investigation in 2011 found cheating by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in, investigators said. Teachers who tried to report it faced retaliation, creating a culture of "fear and intimidation" in the district.
The tests were the key measure the state used to determine whether it met the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools with good test scores received extra federal dollars, to spend in the classroom or on bonuses.

xpost from GD: Making Sense with Steve Leser this week. We interview Amanda Marcotte on Guns

The show will air Sunday night at 7pm on BlogTalkRadio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/03/31/making-sense-with-steve-leser--amanda-marcotte-interview and on Monday at 2pm Pacific time on KCAA 1050am radio in Inland Empire California.

This week, we have a special Making Sense with Steve Leser. We interviewed Amanda Marcotte, who writes for Slate and Pandagon and is the author of the books "Get Opinionated" and "It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments".

We talked with Amanda about gun control and the setbacks to Federal gun legislation and we discussed feminism issues concentrating on Steubenville and sexual assault topics.

As always we will have our Hall of Fame and Shame for those politicians and prominent individuals who made great sense or shameful nonsense over this past week and if we have time, we will discuss deliberations of the Gay Marriage cases before the Supreme Court.

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