EDUCATORS CONVICTED FOR CHEATING
Educators were convicted for inflating test scores of children from struggling schools. They stood before superior court judge Jerry Baxter in Fulton County to face their charges. The fate of the convicted educators lies on the hands of the jury who are expected to hand out their decision this week. The judge will later on determine their sentences.
The cheating is believed to have started in 2001 when the student’s score improved greatly according to a 2013 indictment. It also states that for at least 4 years, 2005-2009, test answers in a number of schools were altered.
During the court hearing, it was discovered that the cheating had become so rampart and that it had taken place in more than half the district’s elementary and middle schools. The court hearing also pointed out the fact that many people were aware of the cheating and instead of stopping it they ended up promoting it.
It is believed that the educators cheated so as to earn bonuses and to enhance their careers or to keep their jobs. Ex Atlanta public schools Superintendent Beverly hall was also linked in the cheating scandal, but since she passed on such claims cannot be proven.
Michael Bowers a former Georgia attorney general said that the cheating was so obvious since the teachers were told to make changes to student’s answers on test.
All the teachers involved were given their sentences according to their participation some receive more term than the others and all of them have community service to perform. Their action did not only affect the students but the parents who thought their children were improving in school, the judge stated.