Thursday, July 7, 2011

Atlanta is Burning

Fraud- a: "intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value..."
           b: "an act of deceiving or misrepresenting" - (Merriam Webster)

Georgia Statute 23-2-51 G, part c: "Misrepresentation of a material fact, made willfully to deceive or recklessly without knowledge and acted on by the opposite party...constitutes fraud.  Suppression of a material fact which a party is under an obligation to communicate constitutes fraud."

Georgia Criminal definition of Theft by deception-"The property of another is obtained through deceit." 

Well, that was an education in law, huh?  At least some educational benefit has come from 178 public teachers and administrators conspiring and executing fraud and theft.

Seems it's easier to go back and change the answers on your students' tests than to actually teach the students well to improve their grades.  You see, with higher scores comes higher No Child Left Behind funds. 

Oh, and seems like the administration covered up the evidence, too.  Quote: "Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.  Superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides ignored, buried, destroyed or altered complaints about misconduct, claimed ignorance of wrongdoing and accused naysayers of failing to believe in poor children's ability to learn."

Named in the report (the governor's special investigation) are 178 teachers and principals.  80 have confessed.  44 of 56 schools examined show evidence of cheating.

Sad state of affairs, it is.  For the students, not the teachers.  If charged and convicted (which I hope happens), the teachers and administrators should serve time or community service.  Hopefully the teachers can teach their students what happens in the real world when you commit fraud and theft of public funds.

Instead of arming these students with the knowledge to climb out of poverty, the teachers have decided to engage in criminal behavior.  I wonder what lessons their students will take from this affair.

Especially if there are no consequences.

No comments:

Post a Comment