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  • New Texas School Superintendent On Leave Due to Her Past with ATL Schools

    New Texas School Superintendent On Leave Due to Her Past with ATL Schools

    New Texas School Superintendent On Leave Due to Her Past with ATL Schools

    A newly named Texas school district superintendent agreed Monday to take a paid leave of absence as trustees re-examine her previous administrative post in the Atlanta school system, which is embroiled in widespread allegations of cheating on standardized tests.

    Trustees of the DeSoto Independent School District held a lengthy closed-door meeting that lasted late into the night before Superintendent Kathy Augustine read a statement announcing she was taking the leave of absence effective Tuesday.



  • Atlanta Schools to Seek Reform in Wake of Cheating Scandal

    Atlanta Schools to Seek Reform in Wake of Cheating Scandal

    Atlanta Schools to Seek Reform in Wake of Cheating Scandal

    Atlanta’s schools will flag suspicious test scores and achieve a culture of integrity in the wake of a cheating scandal that could lead to criminal charges against some principals and teachers, officials vowed Thursday.

    Interim Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. received school board approval to mandate ethics training for employees and provide remedial help to perhaps thousands of Atlanta Public Schools students who may have improperly advanced because of the cheating.”We will have a more open, transparent and empowering culture,” said Davis.

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  • One ATL Principal Was Superintendent’s ‘Pet’ in the Cheating Test Scandal Across The District

    One ATL Principal Was Superintendent’s ‘Pet’ in the Cheating Test Scandal Across The District

    Christopher Waller, principal of Parks Middle School (on left)

    One ATL Principal Was Superintendent’s ‘Pet’ in the Cheating Test Scandal Across The District 

    Christopher Waller principal of Atlanta’s Parks Middle School did some extraordinary things at his school. Before Waller took charge, 1 percent of Parks’ eighth-graders exceeded expectations on the state’s curriculum test. In Waller’s first year, 46 percent reached that level.

    Superintendent Beverly Hall was impressed and found a way to use Waller as her ‘pet’ and example for all teachers and principals in Atlanta schools, says report.  Despite complaints of Christopher Waller’s alleged academic fraud, sexual harassment and other improprieties, Hall turned a blind eye because she needed him to help her turn the entire school district around with standardized test scores.


  • Atlanta Superintendent Knew About Cheating Tests in Schools, Report Says

    Atlanta Superintendent Knew About Cheating Tests in Schools, Report Says

    Atlanta Superintendent Knew About Cheating Tests in Schools, Report Say

    According to an investigation, former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them.

    An 800-page report released Tuesday to The Associated Press by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office shows several educators reported cheating in their schools. But the report says Hall and other administrators ignored those reports and sometimes retaliated against the whistleblowers.

    Beverly Hall won the national Superintendent of the Year award in 2009 as pictured in the photo above.