Atlanta Schools Cheating Scandal

A retired teacher delivered shocking testimony this week in the Atlanta schools cheating scandal, saying that her primary role when she was hired at a struggling elementary school was to erase certain answers on the state academic competency test, according to WTOC 11. The teacher, Lavonia Ferrell, (pictured left) testified Tuesday at the trial of […]

After rampant cheating was uncovered in Atlanta schools, former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly L. Hall is left to to defend her reputation. “I will survive this,” Hall said in her first public interview since the scandal broke. She also maintains that she knew nothing about the cheating and does not condone it. The New York […]

GEORGIA — Cheating has been uncovered in at least five more Georgia schools after an investigative team made up of Richard Hyde, who first uncovered widespread cheating in Atlanta schools, as well as workers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation expanded their search to schools outside of Atlanta. Analysis of test erasures are not conclusive, […]

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis says about 30 school system employees implicated in a state cheating scandal have resigned or retired rather than go through termination. Davis said Thursday that 130 to 150 educators named in a state investigative report released July 5 remain employed with the district, and the district […]

The teachers and administrators who are alleged to be part of a wide ranging cheating scandal in the Atlanta education system, may have to repay their bonuses. State Rep. Billy Mitchell plans to introduce the bill that would make sure that teachers aren’t “unjustly enriched, while their students are placed in peril.” Read more at […]

The nationwide cheating scandal occurring in a multitude of public schools arguably stems from the pressures of the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act. In Atlanta, 178 public school teachers and principals have been accused of cheating to raise scores on state standardized tests. In Washington, D.C. the U.S. Department of Education and the D.C. […]

HAWAII — While vacationing in Hawaii, former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall told an Atlanta news crew that she “absolutely knew nothing about the cheating scandal.” Her comments come a week after an investigation revealed widespread cheating among Atlanta teachers who helped students cheat on state standardized tests. In a statement last week, Hall’s […]

Bernice King spoke out against the public school cheating scandal in Atlanta on a local radio station, suggesting there needs to be “consequences” for teachers who helped students cheat on standardized tests. “You have to have consequences when people cheat our children because at the end of the day, [our children] don’t get a second […]

ATLANTA — The fallout from the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal continued to spread as four area superintendents were replaced and a school district in Texas put the superintendent it recently hired from Georgia on paid leave. Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis replaced the four superintendents late Monday, hours before trustees of the DeSoto Independent School […]

ATLANTA — In light of a brewing cheating scandal in Atlanta, Amirah Tavares said an Atlanta teacher helped her cheat in elementary school. While at the time she thought it was simple “help,” Tavares, who will be attending college, said she now understands the implication of the seemingly harmless assistance. Video Below: The Grio Reports: […]

ATLANTA — 178 teachers and principals in 44 schools have cheated to improve their school’s test score according to an investigation by the state of Georgia. The New York Times reports: Still, the investigation shows that cheating on the state-mandated Criterion-Referenced Competency Test began as early as 2001, and that “clear and significant” warnings were […]