Since the news broke of widespread cheating in the Atlanta Public School system the clock has been ticking. There was little doubt that the investigation would eventually lead to some sort of public reprimand that may or may not include Dr. Beverly Hall. I remember vividly thinking of the families in Atlanta that will be impacted by this scandal for years to come and how much work it will be for those children to overcome the reprehensible actions of those educators responsible for those children.
I have mixed feelings about this case. My wife and I both personally know educators that teach in Georgia public schools and know that they are professional, dedicated to teaching children and committed to education as a whole. These friends, whom I count as a blessing, embody the best of their profession and are what all educators ought to be. Regardless of one’s political ideology, I think everyone can agree that these are the kinds of educators our school age children deserve. It bothers me that the efforts of these fine professionals are now called into question, even if indirectly, by the poor decisions and behavior of a few in a completely different school system.
This whole APS cheating scandal thing is, frankly, an embarrassment to the entire state of Georgia. I am glad that the investigation has yielded indictments and the courts will seek to hold those individuals named in the indictment accountable for their actions. The behavior they are accused of has no place in any educational institution. The families of the City of Atlanta deserve better and I firmly believe they are receiving much better under the leadership of Superintendent Erroll Davis.
I am also glad that we live in a country that will permit them their day in court. These are serious charges, including conspiracy which these folks must answer. The public is rightly outraged and it is important to remember that these people are innocent until proven guilty. It will not come as a surprise if a number of these people are found not guilty. It is not often that educators are charged criminally yet in this instance, in my opinion, it is appropriate. And make no mistake, the scandal in the Atlanta Public School system is not the last that will be disclosed in an American public school system.
The Atlanta newspaper published a series of stories titled Cheating our Children last year that brought to light anomalies in test scores in roughly 200 school districts across the nation. It saddens me to no end to know that perhaps tens of thousands of other families may have to face a cheating scandal of their own. Of course, it has been a year since this report was published and the other shoe hasn’t dropped. At least not yet. Now, aren’t you glad we live in Cobb & Cherokee Counties which were not implicated in the report!
Christopher is a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Liberty University where he earned the Master of Religious Education. He also holds MBA and BS degrees. A former resident of Powder Springs, Christopher and his family now reside in Woodstock. Christopher blogs regularly at www.chris-sanchez.com.