Atlanta Public School embroiled in a scandal. An investigation by Georgia Department of Education Found 3/4 of the schools in Atlanta cheating on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). The tests are mandatory for all Georgia students in the third, fifth and eight grades to move to the next grade.
The scandal start in 2001. Teachers and principals in low performing schools under pressure by state and federal leaders; began changing the test answers to “improve” the test scores in powerful school district in Georgia.
The report found Atlanta Public Schools 178 teachers and principals were involved in the scheme. The investigators found 44 out of 56 schools and among 44 schools 38 principals were either responsible or very involved in cheating. From: WXIA-TV “11 Alive News”
Extensive cover began in 2008 with Atlanta Journal-Constitution examination of CRCT Test scores were too high for an urban school district. Set in motion the wheels to review thousands of test scores over a 10 year period.
Read It all!!!!
And the losers in all of this the kids in Atlanta Public Schools.
Four Philadelphia school teachers are suing the School District of Philadelphia after a principal said White teachers cannot teach black students. From AP via Yahoo News:
Four white Philadelphia teachers filed federal race-bias lawsuits that accuse a black principal of creating a hostile work environment and suggesting they were unfit to teach black children.
The teachers work at a predominantly black elementary school that has a recent history of racial tension. Their lawsuits say that a former principal had them read an article that said “white teachers do not have the ability to teach African-American students.”
The teachers also allege that the principal, Charles Ray III, and others undermined their work by reprimanding them, randomly changing their room assignments and letting black teachers ignore rules that their white counterparts had to follow. Ray also retaliated when they filed union grievances, they said.
“Charles Ray III consistently stated that he had a relationship with top school officials indicating that his conduct was part of an approved policy or was part of a pattern of practices sanctioned and supported by `higher authority,'” the suits allege.
The teachers — Nicole Boyd, Debra McKibben Marenbach, Colleen Yarnell and Marta Ciccimaro — filed the lawsuits last week, demanding more than $150,000 each. Courthouse News Service first reported on the complaints Tuesday.
Read it all
California State Senate President Darrell has lost his mind (IMHO)by threatening to cut services in Republican controlled districts. From Contra Costa Times:
Voicing an idea that has been quietly bandied about in Democratic circles for months, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday threatened to roll back services in Republican districts if they continue to resist the call for taxes to close the state’s gaping deficit.
“You get the government you pay for,” the Sacramento Democrat told reporters after he addressed the Sacramento Press Club. “It’s basic fairness. You don’t want to pay for government, well, then you get less of it.”
Steinberg wouldn’t specify the kinds of cuts he’s considering other than “convenient services to adults,” though he would exempt services for vulnerable children. He did not make it clear how he’d be able to target individual districts, but past leaders such as former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown have punished certain lawmakers by holding back funding for specific programs.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court race is over and the incumbent Justice David Prosser wins reelection. From WISPolitics Blog:
With the Milwaukee County canvass now in, The Associated Press has declared Justice David Prosser the winner in his race against JoAnne Kloppenburg.
The Left including Wisconsin Teachers union and SEIU hung their hopes on JoAnne Kloppenburg. Kloppenburg was expected to vote against Governor Scott Walker’s Collective Bargaining Agreement Reform Law. Now its a victory for the GOP.
Hat Tip: Legal Insurrection Blog
Donald Trump, Talk Show Herb Cain; and President Obama now have company on Tuesday Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota announces on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” From CNN:
Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told CNN’s Piers Morgan Tuesday he’s focused on running for the White House. “I’m running for president,” Pawlenty said in an interview Tuesday on “Piers Morgan Tonight.” “I’m not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president. I’m focused on running for president.”
This comes on the heels of former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts announced on a web video creating a exploratory campaign a step for President. From The Fix by the Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizza:
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney formed a presidential exploratory committee today that will allow him to raise money for a near-certain run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
“It is time that we put America back on a course of greatness with a growing economy, good jobs and fiscal discipline in Washington,” Romney said in a web video announcing his intentions.
It seems its full steam ahead for the 2012 presidential race.
Read it all!
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker(R) has order the publishing of the new collective bargaining law on Friday so the law would take effect; despite an injunction by a Dane County Judge. From ABC News:
Wisconsin officials couldn’t agree Friday about whether an explosive law taking away nearly all public worker collective bargaining rights was about to take effect after a nonpartisan legislative bureau published it despite a court order blocking implementation.
The head of the Legislative Reference Bureau that made the move Friday afternoon, as well as a nonpartisan attorney for the Legislature, said the action was merely procedural. But Republican legislative leaders, who encouraged the bureau’s action, insisted it meant the law would take effect Saturday.
Gov. Scott Walker’s office, meanwhile, would issue only a vague statement saying simply that the administration planned to carry out the law as required.
A Dane County Judge place a temporary injunction on Wisconsin’s new Collective bargaining law. Judge Maryann Sumi issued the injunction which was requested by Dane County States Attorney Ismael Ozanne. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.
Sumi’s order will prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law until she can rule on the merits of the case. Dane County Ismael Ozanne is seeking to block the law because he says a legislative committee violated the state’s open meetings law.
Sumi said Ozanne was likely to succeed on the merits.
“It seems to me the public policy behind effective enforcement of the open meeting law is so strong that it does outweigh the interest, at least at this time, which may exist in favor of sustaining the validity of the (law),” she said.
The judge’s finding – at least for now – is a setback to Republican Gov. Scott Walker and a victory for opponents, who have spent weeks in the Capitol to protest the bill.
Asst. Atty. Gen Steven Means, who was part of the state’s legal team, said after the ruling that “we disagree with it.”
“And the reason they have appellate courts is because circuit court judges make errors and they have in this case.”
Means said the state would “entertain an appeal.”