Reblogged from GADFLYONTHEWALLBLOG
Make no mistake.
The conviction of 11 former Atlanta public school teachers for cheating on students standardized tests has little to do with what these people actually did or didn’t do.
It is meant as a message for the entire education profession: if you cheat on standardized tests, you will be given the harshest possible punishment!
Don’t get me wrong. These people deserve punishment. They easily deserve to be stripped of their teaching certifications and to return the bonuses they received for engaging in this activity.
However, they are each looking at a potential 20 year jail sentence for essentially making copies, erasing pencil marks on paper and filling in different bubbles.
This is absurd.
It’s only possible because they were charged with and found guilty of racketeering. You know, the same charge we use against organized crime! Read more>>