Another Public-School Cheating Scandal in Philly?

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air, April 4, 2013

{snip} In Philadelphia, meanwhile, a similar scandal seems to have slid under the federal-investigator radar, at least for the moment.  Two principals have been forced to resign, but they’re not even going to have to give up their pensions:

Two city educators have lost their administrative credentials in the first public actions taken in a widespread Philadelphia standardized test-cheating scandal.

Former Philadelphia School District principals Barbara McCreery of Communications Technology High School and Lolamarie Davis-O’Rourke of Locke Elementary both voluntarily surrendered their administrative certificates in lieu of discipline last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Education said Wednesday.

Both confessed to cheating, an official with firsthand knowledge of the investigations said. According to state records, McCreery erased and changed students’ answers, created an answer key, and manipulated student data; O’Rourke also erased and changed answers and gave students answers.

But hey, at least these dishonest public employees will never teach again and have access to those student tests again.  Right? Wrong:

Though they gave up administrative licenses, McCreery and O’Rourke get to retain their Pennsylvania teaching certificates, but any potential employers would be notified they lost their supervisory credentials.

It also appears that McCreery and O’Rourke will keep their pensions.

{snip} So why not have police charge them, as the feds did with the “educators” in Atlanta?

Unlike the Atlanta cheating scandal, where 35 educators have been indicted on criminal charges, neither McCreery nor O’Rourke will be subject to criminal penalties, state officials have said.

Beginning with the 2012 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, educators had to sign affidavits acknowledging that if they tampered with tests, they would be subject to criminal charges; without that affidavit, officials don’t believe they had the juice to press charges.

Say what? I’d wager that most of the people in prisons for felony convictions never signed statements acknowledging that committing crimes such as fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud before being charged and convicted in court. {snip}

Nor are these isolated cases.  Fifty-three schools in Philadelphia are under suspicion of having falsified their test results.  {snip}

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  • thurlow

    I am just surprised that the Philly bantu teachers put down the right answers. I wonder how many cheating scandals have been covered up because the teachers were too dumb to answer the questions.

    • The__Bobster

      Errr, the teachers have cheat sheets with the correct answers on them. Otherwise, they couldn’t answer the questions either.

      • I have never been given a cheat sheet with answers for standardized tests. NC is very strict and no one sees tests until the day they are issued to the children. I suspect the teachers/administrators simply know the answers in some of these situations and tell them to the children.

      • Strider73

        Some enterprising whites need to take a page from Animal House and clandestinely give the Bantu teachers a cheat sheet full of wrong answers.

    • Gene

      In all fairness, there have been similar scandals in predominately White school districts as well.

      • Evidence?

        And by “evidence,” I mean this same kind of scandal revolving around white teachers and white students. A lot of times, news stories about these urban school districts and cheating scandals will show stock images of white students in a classroom as a propaganda ploy. Or, as a similar story that AR covered about Atlanta, the headline read “Georgia school district…” instead of “Atlanta school district…”, trying to make you think that the scandal took place in some “Bubba” or “cracker” district, when we all know it took place in black Atlanta among black teachers and their black students whom the black teachers admitted are “dumb as hell.”

  • LastBastionOfHope

    When cognitive deficiencies are too much to bear, just cheat!

    • a multiracial individual

      I get very sad when I think of people like this (from whatever race). Imagine living in a world in which reading the most basic text is like trying to decipher a Stephen Hawking equation? Am I exaggerating? Perhaps, but not by much.

      • LastBastionOfHope

        It’s not exaggerating at all. Do you know how many black “student” athletes in colleges beg and bribe their white classmates to do their work? At every level of education whether it’s rich areas or inner-city areas, blacks are at the bottom. My town is about 96% white and there are maybe 4-5 black kids I went to school with growing up. At least 3 failed their classes even growing up in a beautiful white neighborhood with all the resources and funding.

        • Kinda like what Jack and Ted Kennedy did at Harvard.

          They may not have been black, but they thought like blacks.

          Just thought I would through that in, just to stir the s**t.

          Other than that, LastBastionofHope, good post.

          • jane johnson

            It’s throw, not through, and the Kennedys were a disgrace to any race.

          • Erasmus

            The Kennedys proved that even with money white trash remains white trash. You could take them out of the shanty, but you could never take the shanty out of them.

          • josh

            Old Joe took on YKW at their own games and beat them every time. He was well known as an anti-semite. He did NOT want us to get into WWll. When it came, two of his sons fought for this country,one killed the other wounded for life. If Ted Kennedy’s career is because of the “shanty” then tell me,genius,what about all the other elites,the ones who hate this country and its people and traditions so much,who support immigration and civil rites,whats THEIR excise,smart boy?

          • Morris LeChat

            yes, for a white person to be on the same level as a black person, they must be an alcoholic from childhood on up

        • Chip

          I went to a small high school where everyone knew everyone. There were three black males in my class. No joke, one was expelled for selling drugs on school property, the second got 15 years in prison for shooting someone in a gang-related incident, and the third was an alright guy. When negro #2 shot someone, everyone at my school was profoundly shocked that someone everybody knew and who was fairly well-liked and “a good kid” was capable of such a thing. You can take them out of Africa, but you can never take the Africa out of them.

        • JohnEngelman

          In 1995 blacks with family incomes of $70,000 or more averaged lower SAT scores than whites and Asians with family incomes of $10,000 or less.

          In 1995 blacks whose parents had bachelor’s degrees averaged lower SAT scores than whites and Asians whose parents had not graduated from high school.

          This is how that can be explained: “IQ Scores of Blacks and Whites Regress toward the Averages of Their Race. Parents pass on only some exceptional genes to offspring so parents with very high IQs tend to have more average children. Black and White children with parents of IQ 115 move to different averages–Blacks toward 85 and Whites to 100.”

          • Morris LeChat

            When I was a teenager, I left home for a year. I was having trouble at homw and at school and my parents were preparing to put me in a private school. I took the entrance tests, did OK but not great. They’d take me, but with reservations. After a year of living on my own, working, no school, no tv(because I could not afford it), I went back home, took the entrance exams for the school again, but this time my scores were extremely high. They were all flabbergasted that without school for a whole year, I was actually much smarter. Schools are like “makeup”, the beautiful do not need makeup and it doesn’t help the ugly. Smart people are actually better off educating themselves, they will rise to their own natural levels of ability and comprehension. Education can’t increase the performance or comprehension abilities of the dull witted, not by much, and whatever increase that education does manage to achieve soon evaporates when the individual is left to his/her own devices.

          • Soon after I left and went to CA. Somehow I managed to get a job and rent a room in a house.

            Couldn’t do that in today’s California. Not with all the cheap labor Hispanics around.

        • Jarhead251

          I’d like to live where you live.

      • Nathanwartooth

        It is hard to imagine being really dumb just like it is really hard to imagine being really smart.

        But from their point of view intelligence is probably not very important so they probably don’t care anyway.

        • josh

          A dumb white man could envy a smart man;he may envy the artist,the entrepreneur,etc;a dumb black man does NOT,he is not capable of that.

      • Erasmus

        Who be ‘dat Stee-pen Hawkin’?

        • matism

          Bet they would look forward to rolling his ass should he be foolish enough to cruise through their neighborhood after dark…

          • Best part is, the wheelchair can come in handy when one of them gets paralyzed in the next drive by shooting.

          • matism

            Heh. I be deleted. Can’t tell the truth.

        • dhs

          Last that I heard, he was cruising African habitats seeking the next generation of human genius. He better keep his motorized wheel chair out of the hoods, unless he seeks increased disability.

  • edie

    so they want to score high on tests, like whitey?

    • evilsandmich

      That is interesting. It would almost be a step in the right direction if those students took such a strong interest in their academic success that they felt that they had to cheat. More likely it was like a local case where some ghetto dwellers made off with a guy’s carpet remnant and back door; why? Because it was there.

  • The__Bobster

    This story doesn’t begin to address how bad the problem is, but when teachers’ job and raises depend on Bantus and Mestizos doing well on standardized tests, you just know that widespread cheating will occur.

    Of course it would’ve been easier on the kids and the cheating teachers to just have the kids turn in blank test sheets. That way the cheaters wouldn’t have had to do all that nasty erasing.

  • sbuffalonative

    We all know the racial differences in testing. So when you see dramatic improvements, you know something fishy is going on.

    • Eric

      That’s actually one of the clues looked for.

  • brengunn

    These scandals are the inevitable consequence of racial equality laws and until such laws are seen to be dishonest these scandals are bound to be repeated again and again. Though I don’t agree with cheating, I have some sympathy for these teachers as their school funding is tied to closing the ‘achievement gap’ and increasing minority test scores. These type of top down dictats are harmful to everyone, the kids(of all races), parents, taxpayers, teachers, everyone and the only remedy is an honest debate about the different levels of ability of the races. Sadly, I cannot see this debate happening anytime soon.

    • MBlanc46

      I believe that “No Child Left Behind” is a major factor in this sort of thing.

      • Bill

        No Child Left Behind CAME ABOUT because nobody wants to admit that blacks just can’t cut it intellectually and are only good for certain low brain power jobs.
        NCLB was Bush’s answer. Obama has his own “answer” which pretty much amounts to the same thing. If you START with a faulty premise – that blacks can achieve like whites can on average – you are bound to get faulty remedies. They have run out of excuses, you see. So now it has got to be the teacher’s fault. Hence, draconian methods like holding teachers responsible for what blacks just CANNOT and WANT NOT to do – be as smart as whites. Impossible.

        • MBlanc46

          It’s my suspicion the NCLB was designed to fail so that the public schools would fail and make the case for privatization of education.

          • Strider73

            Interesting theory, but incorrect. Ted “Brain Cancer” Kennedy was Bush’s #1 co-conspirator on NCLB. The last thing he ever wanted was middle-class kids in private school. Those schools are reserved for the elites, such as the Kennedys. Bush was simply being himself — a RINO simpleton who thought pandering to the minorities would win him some votes.

          • MBlanc46

            Kennedy probably didn’t want that. But the Repubs who voted for it (and I believe that they were majority in both houses of Congress when it was passed) probably did. Under Obama, who’s more committed to public education, the Feds have been ratcheting back on enforcing it.

  • khesanh67-68

    Unlike the Atlanta cheating scandal, where 35 educators have been indicted on criminal charges, neither McCreery nor O’Rourke will be subject to criminal penalties, state officials have said.
    That’s a break for the Pa. taxpayers. We here in the workers paradise of n.j. never, we get a break like that. We always have a 7-8 yr trial fully financed by us and at the end, the teachers walk away with back pay and start their own lawsuits against the state for unlawful prosecution and every one of them wins $173 million dollars so they’ll feel better about themselves.

  • bigone4u

    The truth be told every predominantly black and Hispanic school in America cheats in the manner of the Atlanta scandal. The evidence of that cheating has to first be uncovered, then investigated, but that rarely happens. It is also happening in universities, where data relating to graduation rates is being falsified. Follow the money. The Atlanta super was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to obtain false results. It’s everywhere because blacks and browns can’t compete and NO ONE in authority will admit it.

    • Eric

      Makes you wonder just how much work goes in to earning a degree from a black college. I suspect almost none, and that profs and administrators are trying to give degrees to as many black college students as possible, earned or not.

      • I earned my teaching certification from a historically Black university. The administration side was pretty inept. Paperwork and payments lost and found on a regular basis. I don’t care how ugly this sounds but the more rigorous classes had White professors. I found the material insanely easy very unlike my undergrad degrees in which I had to work much harder.

        • Puggg

          “I don’t care how ugly this sounds”

          You’re among friends. We consider telling racial truths to be pretty, not ugly. It’s so pretty that it’s even easy for ugly dogs like me to do.

  • APaige

    They cheat and there is still a large gap in test scores? I know that the test questions have a cultural bias, but even the answers. At least when Asians cheat they get high scores.

  • tom marr

    hmmmmm… i see no articles on blacks looting clothing stores or attacking elderly whites for sport or beating and robbing white tourists and white shoppers en mass in chicago…i guess they must be on break today. or some r and r. or there must be a sports game on today.

    • Eric Shun

      It’s still early.

  • guest

    I’ll say it again, every black at age 18 should be given a high school diploma, with a blank spot where he can write in whatever GPA he wants. There should also be check boxes for BA degrees, masters, PhDs and, hey, why not also MDs and JDs. Might as well let them pick their own SAT scores also. It will be so much easier than making them waste all those taxpayer dollars on the farce of getting affirmative action degrees.


    “…at least these dishonest public employees will never teach again…”

    What do you mean “again”?

  • shattered2014

    Who says crime doesn’t pay. Government employees get away with it every day.

  • ViktorNN

    As I’ve said before… they’re smart enough to figure out how to cheat, but not smart enough to realize how obvious it is that they’re cheating.

    In other words, they ain’t too bright.

  • ViktorNN

    As I’ve said before… they’re smart enough to figure out how to cheat, but not smart enough to realize how obvious it is that they’re cheating.

    In other words, they ain’t too bright.

    • Ned

      That is how the walnut that passes for a Bantu brain works.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Haven’t we been told over and over that the reason for hiring so many black and brown public school teachers is because black and brown students learn more effectively from them? What we’re receiving instead is cheating, excuses, expensive “studies”, free school lunches, free school “breakfastses” (both paid for by YT), and demands for “mo money, mo money, mo money and – you guessed it – mo money”.

    US Department of Education figures list a regular budget for 2012 of $68.1 billion with an additional $19.4 billion coming from the ARRA Porculus Package, for a total of $87.5 billion worth of “gibs me dat” for dishonest, incompetent Affirmative Action public-sector sinecure recipients. In inflation-adjusted dollars, this is about half the cost of the entire Apollo program, which lasted 11 years, rather than one. In other words, we’re spending money roughly five times faster on edumucating black and Mexican kids – who “graduate” unable to read, write or cypher – than we did going to the moon. This would be funny if it weren’t such a complete tragedy for the taxpayers.