Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, and 35 other educators have been indicted by a Fulton County grand jury in a cheating scandal that involved large, unexplained test score gains in some Atlanta schools back in 2011. They were ordered to turn themselves in by Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

{snip} According to the indictment, Hall placed unreasonable goals on educators and “protected and rewarded those who achieved targets by cheating.”

It also alleges she fired principals who failed to achieve goals and “ignored suspicious” test score gains throughout the school system. For at least four years, between 2005 and 2009, test answers were altered, fabricated and falsely certified, the indictment said.

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  • Diverse? The only diverse thing about them is that they have different skin tones. But all are black.

    • Dirk_Pitt

      That was the point.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      One of them is Asian. Number 19.

  • Francis Galton

    If all these school officials had been Whites from working class areas, they would have had top billing on a number of major news sites with photos plastered everywhere, and plenty of commenters would be spewing nonsense about “trailer trash,” “teapublicans,” “creationists,” and “White trash.” Since it turns out they’re all affirmative action blacks (with a possible token Asian?), none of their photos will ever be shown (especially not all together), and the entire sordid affair will be quickly shoved down the memory hole. After all, you don’t want to give White people the wrong idea….

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Certainly, but if they’d had white students, there wouldn’t have been any need to cheat in the first place.

  • a multiracial individual

    How could a liberal explain/justify this?

    • Veritas_lux_mea

      With the same blanket excuse they use to justify all black behavior from murder to jaywalking. Come on now, you know the drill. Blah….blah….blah….white privilege…..blah…blah….racism….blah…blah

      • a multiracial individual

        No, I mean how do they justify the constant neccessity for cheating for certain groups.

        • The__Bobster

          Legacy of slavery. Blah…blah…blah

  • Second to the right on the bottom row could be the only non-black.

    • The__Bobster

      Some high yellows can look Asian.

      • Secret Tribunal

        Never underestimate the “special intelligence” of blacks that guides them in stealing as much White DNA as possible from our community.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      Top row third over looks Latin or something.

  • LastBastionOfHope

    Hey first of all how dare you guys call them black? As Ram Z Paul says, these are “youths”. Anyway, they are all youths so that means they are very diverse. Come on you guys should know that! I know it’s hard to purposely warp your brain to ignore logic but that’s what you must do if you want to understand “diversity”.

    • The__Bobster

      Yeah, old “yoofs”.

    • MBlanc46

      I believe that the current designation is “teens”.

      • LastBastionOfHope

        Well there sure are a lot of teens in those pictures! All those 40 yr old teens. LOL isn’t it funny how crazy the denial has gotten?

  • Robert Binion

    When pretty, white women have nightmares, they dream the photo above.

  • JQ

    Why do they all have their head tilted to their right? is that a black thing?

    • bigone4u

      The cameraman was black and he had his head and camera tilted to the left?

    • MAJ

      It must be the Georgia humidity causing hot air to rise in the empty craniums.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      It does look funny, and it helped me (finally) choose a Disqus avatar. Note that my head is tilted the other way.

      As a serious explanation, these are not police mug shots; they’re probably provided by the school board, which hired a hack photographer of doubtless the Politically Correct racial makeup and who thought that every single photo with the subjects’ head cocked at a goofy angle was “stylish”.

  • bigone4u

    Could they all be smiling happily at the thought that an all black Atlanta jury is going to acquit them, after which they file a winning lawsuit alleging false arrest which pays them a million bucks each? Something sure made them happy.

    • Secret Tribunal

      They’ll all be acquitted and get instant promotions to the Fed Dept. of Education, i.e. Diversity Enforcers.

  • Sheet! I keep having problems communicating with regular white kids. One 22 year old did not know what capital is and he’s attempting to run a small business.

    • Nathanwartooth

      What is this I don’t even…

    • He is gonna end up going broke if he does not know what capital is.

    • I keep having problems communicating with regular black kids. They talk in a weird foreign language, they dress like retards and the 6% of the population that is the black man commits more crime then all races combined. 90% of them cant even READ the word CAPITAL, but its okay as none of them have the ambition to run anything except away from the police.

      • Secret Tribunal

        That’s offensive. Stop insulting retards by comparing them to the blacks.

    • MBlanc46

      You need to know what capital is when you’re selling crack?

    • jambi19

      The fastest and best way to learn is on the job. At least he’s working. Plenty of white people make a good living with out having PhDs/MBAs there Hillyard.

  • APaige

    The so-called ‘talented-tenth’ is not that talented. I wonder how many former ‘students’ they will see in jail?

    • bigone4u

      You made me laugh, but it’s true. However, don’t assume they will actually spend any time in jail. They’re more likely to run into their ex students in the hallways of the courthouse.

  • The chances of any of these people facing any real penalty is slim to none.

    This is just the “perp walk” before the media forgets about these people and they all plea bargain out to sentences of one years probation and the right to restore their teaching credentials upon satisfactory completion of probation.

    • The__Bobster

      In Philly, the cheaters walked away with wrist slpas.
      http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/04/03/two-philadelphia-school-principals-lose-credentials-in-wake-of-test-cheating-scandal/

      Two Philadelphia School Principals Lose Credentials In Wake of Test Cheating
      Scandal
      April 3, 2013 1:23 PM
      By Mike DeNardo

      PHILADELPHIA
      (CBS) — We’re seeing the first Philadelphia fallout from a state investigation
      into cheating on standardized tests in the Philadelphia school
      district.

      Two Philadelphia principals have surrendered their
      administrative credentials amid the state investigation into test cheating.
      These are the first heads to roll in an investigation of 53 Philadelphia schools
      that has been going on for more than a year.

      Barbara McCreery, the former
      principal at Communications Tech High School, and Lola Marie O’Rourke,
      who used to be the principal at Locke Elementary School, have both given up
      their credentials “in lieu of disciplinary action” from the Pennsylvania
      Department of Education.

      Both lost their administrative credentials but
      were allowed to retain their teaching credentials.

      • Secret Tribunal

        They will cash in their black privilege and fail upward.

  • josh

    The Best and the Brightest!!

    • MikeS

      That’s the problem; they are the best and brightest of their kind.

  • josh

    Look at # 24,she seems to either have some kind of thyroid condition,or is a zombie.

  • Luca

    Hey now!..There’s lots of diversity here: Black, brown, dark brown, light brown, beige, dark beige, high yellow, light, bright and damn near white.

    • Yes the many colors of our future. America undone.

    • Secret Tribunal

      Not undone, but remade, transformed, improved by the death of Whiteness.

    • Epiminondas

      This is the Rainbow Coalition we’ve heard so much about.

  • Beetlejuice

    Everyone of them looks like a brain dead obamabot. Where are the white faces? 30 mugshots and not one cracker? That’s racist.

    This was a crime against children, right? Before this is over, the teachers and school officials will be the victims.

    In this country, anyone who is not white can do no wrong.

  • Phineas

    This is but one school system. I bet a bucket of KFC that it’s status quo nearly nation wide.

    • bigone4u

      Sure, there’s cheating in mostly black schools across the USA. Imagine how low the test scores would be if there were no cheating. Sadly, most blacks can’t learn. The ones capable of learning are thrown in with the ones who can’t and that drags them down. That’s why they all want to attend a white school.

      • rebelcelt

        How about the way they try to teach the test. It is harder to catch and does not make as good of scores as flat out changing scores but it still heightens scores to some degree.

  • JohnEngelman

    The liberal complaint about high stakes testing is that it encourages “teaching for the test,” rather than original thinking.

    To begin with, if I remember correctly teachers tried to prepare us for the final exam in the course they were teaching.

    Second, intelligent students will do well on multiple choice questions, and they will also be good at original thinking.

  • sean1606

    I know what they did was wrong but you try working in an inner city school and the pressure you are put under makes you do crazy things. I feel bad for them. I really don’t believe they cheated just out of pure evil or maliciousness. I used to work for the school system and the mandates the state and feds put on you are unrealistic. I know I’ll get flack for this but just had to express my view on this.

    • brengunn

      No, you’re right. The teachers are obviously put under great pressure in the pursuit of unrealistic results, of course some are going to buckle. One of the problems with this crew, especially the senior ones, is that they received personal bonuses because of the doctored results. That stops me from feeling any sympathy for them, otherwise I would.

      Ultimately it’s the fault of these targets that bear no relation to the real world, and these targets are based on the presumed racial equality in academics. Until popular opinion changes, these cases are going to be par for the course.

    • MBlanc46

      This is an almost certain consequence of demanding that schools achieve identical outcomes with white and black (and Hispanic) students. It’s not possible when there’s a 10-15 point average IQ difference between the groups. The main difference in this case is that they got caught.

    • Especially since the modern zeitgeist on education is that teachers are to blame for the deficiencies of their “dumb as hell” (as one of these Atlanta teachers was quoted as saying) black and Hispanic students.

  • Ryan Kennedy

    What I find interesting is that most are pretty light-skinned. I think that light-skinned one are more prone to get this kind of professional job in the first place

  • Truthseeker

    I’ve seen nobody, nobody who looks like me make any decisions in the Atlanta Public Schools. None. Zero.

    • Secret Tribunal

      It’s a hate crime to notice.

  • Wow, those are really old looking “teens”

  • Hahaha…………. You can’t fix whats wrong with them.

  • Q-ship

    The “students” should have just turned in blank answer sheets to save their teachers the trouble of erasing all the incorrect answers.

  • [Guest]

    Well, till they got busted, this lineup of scholars was sure doing a fine job of closing up that nasty ol’ achievement gap.

  • Secret Tribunal

    Posting those mug shots is a hate crime, because just seeing them makes me want to double down on my White privilege denial syndrome.

  • brengunn

    Black is beautiful!!

  • Howard W. Campbell

    The only way that blacks and whites will ever get similar scores is if the white students have to take tests written in Klingon, Unix or Mandarin Chinese (while the whites are in 3rd grade). Not that it will happen, but I would love to see the judge in this case mandate computer based testing with no proctoring by :’your” teacher. I took the GRE as a computer based test almost 20 years ago; the technology exists. Yes, there would be some logistical problems to sort out if you bussed kids downtown, but I’m sure it could be made to happen with the right “incentives”.

    Could the teachers argue that these tests produce a “disparate impact” in the scores and make this into another Duke v. Griggs case.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I think the white kids would still do better if the tests were in Klingon. Some friends of ours once went to a science fiction convention in Japan and got lost while sightseeing. They ran into other convention attendees who were local Japanese. The only language the two groups had in common was Klingon, and everything was quickly sorted out.

  • bayouboy

    Are you sure this isn’t the rejects from “The Voice”?

  • bayouboy

    On second thought, is it a school or a haunted house they were running?

    • george00

      #25 looks like she would like torture a white person.

      • Beloved Comrade

        That’s a man, not a woman.

  • jay11

    I’m sure some lawyer will talk about ‘disparate impact’ and how so many blacks were indicted that it could not possibly be all true. Then the case will be thrown out and within 3 years or so all parties will be reinstated with back pay and receive large settlements for ‘racial insensitivity’ and injustice. C’mon…you know that’s true!

  • NeanderthalDNA

    We gonna prove we be equal to dem evil whites. We gonna cheat! Must be how dey do’s it.

  • LHathaway

    hehe too funny. . i guess ‘rewarding’ teachers who foster good grades didn’t work as intended. . Often people sell-out for much cheaper – a worthy cause

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    There seems to be something similar in all of those mug shots but I can’t put my finger on exactly what it could be.

    The scathing indictment of mostly black teachers has sparked allegations of racism from the Concerned Black Clergy and a prominent former mayor.

    Yes it’s racist to arrest black criminals because of the legacy of slavery and all that, better to just let this slide.

    Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Jackson…accused the media of unfairly skewering them.

    ‘Yes cheating is awful,’ she writes on her blog. ‘And so is conviction before a fair trial. ‘Prosecutors, judges and jurors make mistakes and overreach.’

    Superintendent Beverly Hall is already claiming she has big medical problems and no money.

    Boo, frickin’ hoo.

    Just one more situation where unqualified minorities are chosen over more qualified applicants –just like the president.

    Bon

  • gemjunior

    Typical African mugshots; that sullen psychopathic stare doesn’t change with age. I dint do nuffin.

  • Comfortably Numb

    They’re probably all education majors from an HBC? Oh well, they’re teaching careers in Atlanta might be over, but they’ll all get hired by some other school district or government agency trying to die-versify.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Is number 12 really a teacher? He looks more like a janitor to me.

  • guest

    I feel like this is the last time there will be such an indictment. This type of conduct must be happening in nearly every “urban” school system in the US. What are they going to do, arrest every black school administrator in the US? No, they’ll do the same thing they do in similar situations. In Los Angeles, they decided not to enforce drivers license requirements against illegal aliens. In the whole US they decided not to prosecute straw-buyers, or gang members caught carrying guns. Enforcing those kind of things is just too inconvenient and painful so they let it go. They will make a similar accommodation for these school administrators. I’m sure Eric “My People” Holder will put a stop to these unnecessary prosecutions.

    • Funruffian

      This is happening in school districts that are overrun by Black majority. But the cheating and falsification of records doesn’t stop there. It extends much further than that where teachers are coerced and blackmailed into giving the Black students better grades than they deserved. The system doesn’t want to keep holding them back and flunking them, because it costs more money. The goal now is to funnel them through the system as adroitly as possible. So the poor performing students aren’t graded on the same basis as the other students and have it much easier to skate by with a diploma. But even after all that hustling, conniving and cheating the Blacks still have the highest failure and dropout rates. It would make more economic sense to just give them a Certificate of Completion at birth so they don’t have to go to school and disrupt and destroy the educational environment for the rest of the races. Education harmony would be restored whereby students and teachers will benefit from the experience much more.

  • guest

    The architect of this whole scheme was Beverly Hall, an immigrant from Jamaica. Why exactly do we need to bring Jamaicans here to help spend taxpayer money and run our school systems? We couldn’t possibly find any qualified person who was an American and who needed a job? And Jamaica isn’t the place I think about when I think of great educational achievements. I think of Japan and Northern Europe. If we must have someone not from the US to run a major school system, what about someone from, for example, Finland?

    Toronto just recently had to get rid of its school system’s Director of Education, who just happened to be a Jamaican named Chris Spence. They couldn’t find any white Canadians to do that job?

    I notice that the Chicago school system was run until last year by Jean-Claude Brizard, a guy from Haiti. Really, we need to import someone from Haiti to run our school systems?

    When I think of educational expertise, someone who can really turn around struggling schools, Afro-Caribbeans, especially from Jamaica and Haiti, are the first people to come to mind! This is why we need more immigration!

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Nobody from Finland would last at an Atlanta public school longer than it would take to get their resume in order and apply somewhere else.

    • Comfortably Numb

      The school boards (or any other hiring manager) that hire these immigrants for these high-profile positions are just trying to show everyone how open-minded they are to diversity and non-racist. Plus they think it’s cool to hire someone from some exotic foreign land. (Though some of these immigrants had probably been in the US or Canada since childhood.)

  • Aspiring rapper

    Hey, look, an Asian! That’s the only surprise here.

  • Funruffian

    Having a diploma from a school where the student body is majority Black is about as useless as a 3$ bill. I’m a teacher and i see Blacks getting away with all sorts of cheating, lying, disruption and numerous other infractions with impunity. Any White kid who attends one of these schools doesn’t have a chance.