The Mail is reporting that all but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests have been sentenced to timein jail…
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter had delayed sentencing by a day and encouraged all to negotiate deals with prosecutors. But only two agreed to deals.
In both those cases, Baxter followed the state’s recommendations: He gave a former teacher a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew at home for one year and a former testing coordinator six months of weekends spent in jail. They’ll also serve five years on probation.
Despite their lawyers’ pleas for probation and community service, the remaining eight received harsher sentences, ranging from one to seven years in jail. They are expected to appeal and will be free on bond while the appeals are pending.
A state investigation found that as far back as 2005, educators from the 50,000-student Atlanta school system fed answers to students or erased and changed answers on tests after they were turned in.
Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools with nearly 180 educators involved, and teachers who tried to report it were threatened with retaliation…
This sounds like almost systematic cheating on a huge scale, but it is interesting that it has resulted in prison sentences.
Cases of cheating in schools over here seem to be perceived as much less serious offences with, at worse, a job being lost and, more likely, far less significant sanctions than that.
Which approach do you think has it right?
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