Ex-Schools Chief Beverly L. Hall in Atlanta, GA Indicted in Testing Scandal … Charged with Racketeering, Theft, Influencing Witnesses, Conspiracy & Making False Statements.
OBAMA WHITE HOUSE PRAISED INDICTED FORMER ATLANTA SCHOOL ADMINISTARTOR WHO CHEATED HER WAY TO FAME … CRIMINAL, SIMPLY CRIMINAL.
Dr. Beverly L. Hall, A former district school superintendent whose test scores brought her fame in 2009 as the American Association of School Administrators named her superintendent of the year. Barack Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan even hosted her at the White House. However, it appears to have been all a fabricated lie. Water seeks it’s own level, doesn’t it? Dr. Beverly L. Hall was indictedin a test cheating scandal and charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements. Prosecutors have recommended a $7.5 million bond for Dr. Hall and she could face up to 45 years in prison. Sadly, this is how these public school educators thought they were helping students, by cheating. As stated at NRO, the Atlanta schools chief spearheaded a vast criminal conspiracy among administrators and teachers to cheat on standardized tests to artificially boost the scores of their pupils. How could anyone thin k this was beneficial? Well. it would not be for the students, but it would be for those administrators and teachers that were rewarded on merit pay for test scores. Beverly L. Hall ”earned more than $500,000 in performance bonuses while superintendent.” However, the school lost $750,000 in state and federal aid that could have been used to help the students who were failing and reading at substandard levels. Instead, the cheating skewed the results.
Dr. Hall, who retired in 2011, was charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements. Prosecutors recommended a $7.5 million bond for her; she could face up to 45 years in prison.
During the decade she led the district of 52,000 children, many of them poor and African-American, Atlanta students often outperformed wealthier suburban districts on state tests.
Those test scores brought her fame — in 2009, the American Association of School Administrators named her superintendent of the year and Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, hosted her at the White House.
And fortune — she earned more than $500,000 in performance bonuses while superintendent.
On Friday, prosecutors essentially said it really was too good to be true. Dr. Hall and the 34 teachers, principals and administrators “conspired to either cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistle-blowers in an effort to bolster C.R.C.T. scores for the benefit of financial rewards associated with high test scores,” the indictment said, referring to the state’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
Reached late Friday, Richard Deane, Dr. Hall’s lawyer, said they were digesting the indictment and making arrangements for bond. “We’re pretty busy,” he said.
This is just another case of if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Once again we have public school educators and administrators screwing over America’s youth. What message does this send, the only way you can succeed is to cheat? It is bad enough that much of our public school education system can be deemed a crime against children, but this brings it to new levels.
22 Year Old Brown University Student Sunil Tripathi Missing in Providence, RI … Last Seen March 16, 2013
Brown University Student Missing …
22 year old Brown University student Sunil Tripathi has been reported missing and was last seen on March 16, 2013. Tripathi, a philosophy major at Brown who grew up in Bryn Mawr, PA, he was last seen on Saturday March 16 on the east side of Providence around 11 am. According to his sister, his wallet, ID cards, credit cards and cell phone found were in his room. The search for Sunil Tripathi has expanded outside of Providence to Boston, Connecticut, New York, and Philadelphia.
Sunil Tripathi has been living in Providence since 2008. He was on approved leave from Brown.
Brown University reported Saturday that the search is expanding outside of Providence to Boston, Connecticut, New York, and Philadelphia.
Tripathi is 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black ski jacket, glasses and a wool hat.
The FBI has joined the searchwith the Providence Police Department and the Department of Public Safety for Sunil Tripathi, a former member of the class of 2012 who went missing Saturday morning.
Recent update from Facebook: Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi ·
We want to pass along an update this evening about our day.
Mark Sacco, the lead investigator on the case, surveyed several locations early in the morning. In many ways, Detective Sacco has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and so we are thankful for his work. We then delegated several responsibilities:
If anyone has any has seen or has any information regarding Sunil Tripathi and his disappearance, please contact Providence Detective Mark Sacco at (401) 641-8691 or the FBI.
For more updates, to provide your opinions and analysis and to read others, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons forum: Sunil Tripathi.
- But still didn’t stop the creation of a Six-figure job promoting “Educational Excellence for African-Americans.”
Ipswich Middle School Principal Fabrizio Cancels ‘Honors Night’ Because It Might Upset & Be “Devastating” to Students Who Didn’t Make The Grade
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COUNTRY I GREW UP IN: EDUCATION HONOR EDITION:
What is going on in out schools? The latest head scratching incident comes from Ipswich, Massachusetts. David Fabrizio, Ipswich Middle School Principal, has canceled ‘Honors Night’ because it might make some students feel uncomfortable and upset who did not make the grade. ARE YOU SERIOUS? David Fabrizio wrote in a letter sent to parents that, “honors night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child …” INCREDIBLE. Devastating to average students, are you friggin stupid? How about devastating to those who actually made the effort to succeed? This is what passes as a principal into today’s liberal public schools. They care more about how some one feels who fails, rather than rewarding those who actually succeed. I would ask this foolish and misguided principal, why give grades? Schools are supposed to uplift students, not gum down the education to the lowest common denominator. Let’s celebrate underachieving, way to go Principal Fabrizio. Welcome to the Nanny state collective, where liberals think its only fair that all are treated the same, even though all do not put forth the same effort.
In a letter sent home to parents last week, Fabrizio said that it is the school’s job to monitor both academic and social emotional growth. Concentrating on grades, “as strange as it sounds, can impinge upon the learning process,” he wrote.
“The honors night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average,” Fabrizio wrote.
Fabrizio emphasized that the school hasn’t ended honors recognition and that it believes in high achievement in all aspects of students’ lives.
“We are still honoring success, we are just doing it in a different form,” he said.
However, the idea of ending honors night isn’t sitting well with many parents.
“I think the school should be committed to excellence and not mediocrity,” Gillis said. “I was shocked because to get on the honor roll, you have to work hard. They shouldn’t cancel (honors night) because somebody’s feelings could be hurt. Life is a competition, and they should start competing.”
Kevin Whooley, who has a daughter in eighth grade, said many parents are “dumbfounded” as to why the honors night needed to be canceled.
“They have had honors night here for years, and there is no reason not to continue it,” he said. “It is like having a sports banquet for those who play sports. Not everyone makes honors. You can’t be politically correct about everything.”
I remember a world, not too long ago, where schools rewarded students who showed effort and success. I remember an academic environment when those who went the extra mile were rewarded for their merit. Not in today’s Middle School academia. What a message this sends to an impressionable child at such a young age … STRIVE TO BE AVERAGE.
We second the idea of the Jawa Report and contact this school and let them know your opinion. This school is not doing their students any favors. What a message, Let’s be average. The contact Info, in case you want to let this Principal know how stupid and unfair this policy is to the children who deserve recognition: (remember, be civil)
- Ipswich Middle School
- David Fabrizio, Principal
- 130 High Street Ipswich, MA 01938
- Phone 978-356-3535 – Fax 978-412-8169
Just curious … wouldn’t it be more devastating to the so-called average students if the smart kids got their awards in front of them at an assembly in front of the whole school, rather than a special night of just the honor’s students? The principals explanation of why he made this change makes no sense other than the fact that he must feel its not fair for some kids to get awards and others not. A note to Principal Fabrizio, life is not fair and you are doing none of these students any favors.
Maryland Lawmaker Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings Introduces Bill after Ludacris Pastry ‘Gun’ Suspension … The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013
Is it possible … finally some common sense legislation for school kids?
A Republican Maryland lawmaker, Sen. J.B. Jennings, has introduced a bill following the ridiculous suspension of a 7 year old boy who shaped a pastry into what a teacher had presumed to be a gun. Because we all know that guns made of pastry are lethal. The bill that would prohibit schools from suspending students for seemingly harmless childish acts, such as playing games with fingers pointed like guns or chewing food into the shape of a firearm. In other words the bill would prevent teachers and school administrators from acting like dumb asses.
A NOTE TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS … THIS IS A PASTRY.
THIS IS A GUN!
Sen. J. B. Jennings, R-7-Baltimore and Harford counties said that “We really need to reevaluate how kids are punished.” Hopefully, this will put some type of common sense and a dent in the “zero tolerance” discipline policies in Maryland public schools. The days of ruining a child’s life over ‘Hello Kitty’ bubble guns, pastry guns, playing “save the world” and playing with imaginary weapons of pointing your finger and thumb like a gun need to end and end now!
A Maryland lawmaker has introduced legislation after a 7-year-old boy in his district was suspended for shaping a pastry into what his teacher thought looked like a gun. The Star Democrat reports that Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings introduced a bill that would prohibit schools from suspending students for seemingly harmless childish acts, such as playing games with fingers pointed like guns or chewing food into the shape of a firearm. “These kids can’t comprehend what they are doing or the ramifications of their actions,” Jennings told the paper. “These suspensions are going on their permanent records and could have lasting effects on their educations.”
From the Star Democrat: Jennings put Senate Bill 1058 – The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013:
From kids getting kicked out of school for playing games with fingers pointed like guns on the Eastern Shore, to chewing their breakfast pastry into “gun-like” shapes in Baltimore, Jennings said the local trend is getting worse not better. “These kids can’t comprehend what they are doing or the ramifications of their actions,” he said. “These suspensions are going on their permanent records and could have lasting effects on their educations.” The bill, entitled “Education [-] The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013,” proposes what Jennings called in his press release clear, straightforward guidelines on what is and what is not acceptable when handling matters that amount to “children being children.” The bill describes appropriate discipline that must be adhered to during counseling students of all grade levels in any Maryland school that uses public funds, stated Jennings. The bill includes a counseling and disciplinary protocol for violations by school administrators. According to Jennings, another of the bill’s provisions makes it impossible for minor incidents, such as those in the recent news, from being entered into the students’ permanent academic record, unless it involves an upper-school student intent on repeatedly violating school policies with regards to firearms and/or violence.
How sad is it that we have reached a level of political correctness and stupidity that we would have to pass such a law?
Finally, a law that actually allows for the protection of school children … Reading, Writing and Revolvers.
South Dakota has become the first state in the Nation to enact a law explicitly authorizing school employees to carry guns on the job. The bill was signed into law on Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The law is in response to the call to arms to protect school children following the Newtown, CT Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting that left 20 dead. What better way to protect innocent children from the Adam Lanza’s of the world than taking away ”gun free zones”. As the Right Wing News opines, such places are considered easy pickings by those crazoids who are hell bent on mass murder and taking out as many as possible before they take their own life. This law specifically authorizes teachers to possess a firearm in a K-12 school. Protecting children in schools is not about taking law-abiding citizens Second Amendment rights away, it’s about a show of force against those that would cause harm to innocents. Why would a crazed killer attack a school, a movie theater or a mall, because they are gun free zones. Create a barrier or perception that they are not gun free and a cowardly killer would think twice. That, or they will be gunned down before too much damage is done.
South Dakota became the first state in the nation to enact a law explicitly authorizing school employees to carry guns on the job, under a measure signed into law on Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Several other states already have provisions in their laws — or no legal restrictions — that make it possible for teachers to possess guns in the classroom. In fact, a handful of school districts nationwide do have teachers who carry firearms. But South Dakota is the only known state with a statute that specifically authorizes teachers to possess a firearm in a K-12 school, according to Lauren Heintz, a research analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Representative Scott Craig, a freshman Republican in the South Dakota House who sponsored the bill, said he hoped the measure would shift the country’s discourse on school safety.
“Given the national attention to safety in schools, specifically in response to tragedies like in Connecticut, this is huge,” he said. He added that, hopefully, “dominoes will start to fall, people will see it’s reasonable, it’s safer than they think, it’s proactive and it’s preventive.”
So Punks, do ya feel lucky trying to target a school in South Dakota?
Good Grief … Michigan Elementary School Confiscates 3rd Graders “Insensitive” Cupcakes Because They Were Decorated With Plastic Toy Soldiers
UNBELIEVABLE … WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COUNTRY I GREW UP IN?
The insanity and anti-gun hysteria continues in our public schools. This time it is a Michigan Elementary School that confiscated a 3rd graders cupcakes because they were decorated with plastic green toy soldiers. The cupcakes that were supposed to be a birthday treat were confiscated because the toy soldiers had guns. The school deemed this “insensitive”. Sorry for the pun, but what kind of “candy-a$$es” are we raising in today’s schools? The politically correct nonsense is a joke and beyond ridiculous. OMG, those green plastic Army men were one of my favorite toys growing up. Now they are considered “insensitive”. Maybe these school Administrators should be categorized as “insane”. However, I guess the mother who made the evil cupcakes should look on the bright side, at least her son was not suspended for this terrible act.
A Michigan elementary school is defending its decision to confiscate a third-graders batch of homemade cupcakes because the birthday treats were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers. Casey Fountain told Fox News that the principal of his son’s elementary school called the cupcakes “insensitive” — in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. “It disgusted me,” he said. “It’s vile they lump true American heroes with psychopathic killers.” Fountain’s wife made a batch of 30 chocolate cupcakes for their son Hunter’s classmates at School Elementary School in the town of Caro. The 9-year-old helped decorate the treats with plastic figurines representing World War Two soldiers.
Political Correctness has gotten out of hand. It is simply amazing that we as a society cannot differentiate good from evil. I guess cupcakes with carpenters or baseball players would be banned as well since they might be carrying hammers and bats?
Fountain said it was beyond outrageous to compare American soldiers to deranged mass murderers. “In our politically correct society they can’t separate the good from the bad,” he said. ”I’m sure hammers are allowed in schools — although a lot of people are killed by hammers.” Principal Wright explained in her statement that she meant no disrespect to the military. “By not permitting toy soldiers on cupcakes at school, no disrespect for our military or for the brave men and women who defend our rights to have our differences was intended,” she wrote. “Our commitment is always to our children and creating a safe place for them to learn, grow and have respectful dialogues about their differences.”
The Last Refuge reminds us of the lunacy in the Maryland schools where they dispatched counselors to evaluate the psychological damage from a child nibbling a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. GOOD GRIEF!!!
EXIT QUESTION: If the mom had put gay, lesbian or transgender figurines on the cupcakes, would that have been deemed insensitive? How out cupcakes decorated with Mohammed?
THE PRIORITIES OF LIBERAL NYC MAYOR BLOOMBERG …
As Mayor Michael Bloomberg focuses on the size of sodas, limits of salt and sugar and the usage of ear buds, a disturbing educational bombshell was dropped … 80% of recent NYC high school graduates cannot read. Read, literacy, who cares about that? Obviously not Bloomberg who is more concerned with the size of beverages than actually providing an proper education to the youth of the city. How bad has the situation got? As reported at the Daily Caller, City University system officials have introduced a program called CUNY Start that provides inexpensive immersion classes for students who managed to graduate high school without mastering basic skills. Unbelievable, a college needs to set up a learning program to deal with the institutional and educational failures of the NYC high schools. I guess that is Bloomberg’s interpretation of no child left behind … just pass them through and let some one else deal with the problem. What are the chances Bloomberg will ask for money to through down the educational rat hole?
Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.
The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2?s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.
When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.
They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.
It is a crime what is happening in so many school systems in this country.
16 Year Old Cypress Lake High School Student Who Wrestled Loaded Hand Gun Away from Another Teen Gets Suspended for Three Days
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE COUNTRY I GREW UP IN … now we punish teenagers for a heroic acts.
A 16 year old Cypress Lake High School student in Fort Meyers, FL who wrestled a loaded hand gun away from another teen threatening to shoot, is being punished with a three day suspension. WHAT!!! That’s is correct, this is the lessons that we are teaching students in out dysfunctional public schools these days. The student managed to get the gun away from the 15 year old suspect on the bus ride home. Witnesses on the bus said that the suspect aimed the weapon point blank at another student and threatened to shoot him. The 16 year old who wrestled the .22 caliber loaded revolver from the teen most likely saved a kids life. What did he get for his heroic actions … a three day suspension. I can remember a time when such an act would have been praised. I can remember a time when it was expected that one do the right thing and prevent bullying and stand up to those on school buses who would try to cause harm to others.
The student, who Fox 4 has agreed not to identify because he fears for his safety, says there’s “no doubt” he saved a life by disarming the gunman. And for that he was suspended for three days.
“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,” the student said. “Not taking no pity.”
The student says he wrestled the .22 caliber RG-14 Revolver away from the suspect, a football player, who witnesses say threatened to shoot a teammate because he had been arguing with his friend.
“No doubt,” the student said, “he was going to shoot him point blank.”
The teen we spoke to and authorities both confirm the Revolver was loaded. According to the arrest report the suspect, who Fox 4 is not naming because he is a minor, was “pointing the gun directly” at another student and “threatening to shoot him.”
That’s when the student we spoke with says he and two others tackled the teen and wrestled away the gun. The next day the school slapped him with a three day suspension.
What have our schools become and what messages are they teaching our children? as the American Thinker stated, Our children are being intimidated and punished by a malicious government and an ever-weakened society. According to the idiots from the Lee County School District, a teen should be suspended for doing the right thing. I guess the school administrators would rather have their kids look the other way and have students killed? Get this, the teen who saved lives is being suspended because of being part of an “incident” where a weapon was present. WTF!!! Are you telling me that the school does not differentiate between the shooter and the hero? The 15 year old suspect was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. How do they know it was not intent to kill? These school administrators should be ashamed of themselves. What has happened to the country I grew up in?
“It’s dumb,” he said. “How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?”
According to the referral, he was suspended for being part of an “incident” where a weapon was present and given an “emergency suspension.”
Brevard Community College College Recommends Firing for Professor Who Forced Students To Sign a Pledge to Vote For Obama and Democrats
The Brevard Community College professor, Sharon Sweet, who forced students to sign a pledge that they would vote for Obama may actually lose her job. Could there actually be some sanity in liberal academia? Sharon Sweet allegedly told students to sign a pledge that stated, “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.” The colleges’ president is asking that the tenured professor be fired. What, you mean it is not the job of a professor to force students in their class and sign a pledge card with the underlying perception that if you do not, you’re grades may suffer? Welcome to liberal academia extortion. After an investigation, a review board determined that Sweet both attempted to influence her students’ vote and misrepresented her intentions.
Vote for Obama or else …
From The Daily Caller:
A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Barack Obama last November should be fired, the college’s president recommended.
Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College in Florida, is guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence, according to a three-month investigation into her classroom behavior leading up to the November election.
The Board of Trustees will hold a hearing on the matter, and then vote on whether to adopt President James Richey’s recommendation that Sweet be fired.
Tenured or not, this woman should be gone. No teacher should be allowed to use their position in a school to further their political agenda. The LEFT is against schools doing the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States, yet they are ok with a pledge to Obama?