|The Jewel of Black America loses its luster: APS is built on lies.|
Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of InvestigationUS history. that names 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed – in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal inWe wrote about this brewing scandal back in March - it should be noted that majority-Black Clayton and DeKalb County are having serious problems as well - and don't have much to add. All stories of Black achievement in grade school academics must be taken with a grain of salt (sorry Urban Prep) as the dust begins to settle on a decades-long falsification of test results in APS.
This appears to be the largest of dozens of major cheating scandals, unearthed across the country. The allegations point an ongoing problem for US education, which has developed an ever-increasing dependence on standardized tests.
The report on the Atlanta Public Schools, released Tuesday, indicates a "widespread" conspiracy by teachers, principals and administrators to fix answers on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), punish whistle-blowers, and hide improprieties.
It "confirms our worst fears," says Mayor Kasim Reed. "There is no doubt that systemic cheating occurred on a widespread basis in the school system." The news is “absolutely devastating," said Brenda Muhammad, chairwoman of the Atlanta school board. "It’s our children. You just don’t cheat children.”
On its face, the investigation tarnishes the 12-year tenure of Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was named US Superintendent of the Year in 2009 largely because of the school system's reported gains – especially in inner-city schools. She has not been directly implicated, but investigators said she likely knew, or should have known, what was going on. In her farewell address to teachers in June, Hall for the first time acknowledged wrongdoing in the district, but blamed other administrators.
The fact that per-pupil expenditures for APS students is $12,090 is irrelevant in this discussion, right? Well, when you realize this is 30 percent more than most other counties in Georgia spend, you understand that no amount of money can ever close the racial gap in achievement. Or cheating. If we continue Waiting for Superman to save the day, all that will happen is The New York Times will persist in publishing articles that show the proficiency of Black students is lacking (as they did in 2010 and 2002) and Mark Zuckerberg will continue making donations totaling $100 million to try and be that Kal-El.
It should be noted that the pupils being educated in Atlanta Public Schools are overwhelmingly Black (79 percent Black and 12 percent white). According to January 2005's Atlanta Magazine, APS was 88 percent Black, produced students who had an average SAT score of 847, and 80 percent of the students are eligible for free lunches. Here's an amazing pdf from the Regional Atlanta Civic League that details per pupil spending in APS as compared to other urban areas.
Based on the lies peddled as actual students work by primarily Black administrator and teachers in an overwhelmingly Black school district, all academic miracles of the racial gap closing must be heavily scrutinized.
Thus far all attempts to close the racial gap in academic achievement between Black students and, well, everyone else, have been monumental failures. Now one of the brightest areas of hope that Superman might have come to deliver Black children in the city too busy to hate some academic miracles, it all turns out to be a cleverly manufactured Lex Luthor-style plot that will ultimately cost APS its accreditation and drop property value in areas that have majority white public schools.
Remember that property value correlates to "good schools" - okay, predominately white areas - and even the capital of Black -Run America is no exception to this rule. What are all those good white liberals who live in Buckhead going to do? Flee to Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, and Dunwoody where white flight will one day be declared illegal?
No, there weren't any Jamal Wallace's walking the halls of APS schools, only future employees of MARTA and the public offices of the city of Atlanta. Or Neal Boortz's dead thugs.
Here is Volume 1, 2 and 3 of the cheating summary courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The summer of 2011 will continue to show that 60 years of denying nature will only bring tears in the end. It's high time we end the nonsense and quit pretending massive racial differences don't exist. We won't though, because those in power in every sector of American society must pay lip-service to Black-Run America.
There job and lively hood depends on it. We are stuck with merely surviving BRA's demise. Judging by the quick demise of three major metro Atlanta school districts, that day is coming swiftly.
Waiting for Superman is like Waiting for Godot. Neither is ever going to show. In the mean time, we'll continue learning all about the massive fraud necessary to maintain some illusion that the racial gap can close.