Two DeKalb County school cheating cases still pending

In response to a question the other day on the blog about the status of the DeKalb educator cheating cases, the AJC’s Marlon Walker checked into it.

Here is an excerpt from his story:

Two DeKalb school administrators accused of manipulating standardized tests and attendance records are still awaiting an outcome to their cases, though they were charged at nearly the same time as the Atlanta Public Schools officials who were sentenced this week.

A DeKalb County grand jury returned indictments on April 16, 2013, against Rock Chapel Elementary School Principal Angela Jennings, Cedar Grove Middle School Principal Agnes Flanagan and Stoneview Elementary School Assistant Principal Derrick Wooten on charges of manipulating records.

One of those three, Jennings, pleaded guilty to five counts and received a $1,000 fine along with five years probation, during which she cannot seek or accept employment in a Georgia school system. Jennings removed students temporarily from enrollment records so their 2010 CRCT results would not count toward the school’s average scores.

A spokesman for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said the cases against Flanagan and Wooten were still pending. He expects the case involving Flanagan to be resolved in the next 30 days. He said the case involving Wooten was delayed because Wooten’s attorney was also involved in the long-running Atlanta Public Schools trial.

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Beverly Hall
Beverly Hall

Lawd Jesus!  ANOTHER witch hunt in Georgia !  I better warn my "fellow educators" in CLAYTON County.   Whooooo Weeeeee, it's HOT in here ! Can't hardly type.  Keys be melting on my co m p u  ......

straker
straker

If I'm reading this correctly, these teachers can return to the classroom after their probation.


I'm wondering if they should ever be allowed to teach again.

Astropig
Astropig

"Jennings, pleaded guilty to five counts and received a $1,000 fine along with five years probation, during which she cannot seek or accept employment in a Georgia school system. "



The lower level APS educators could have had a similar deal if they would have accepted the lenient offer of a plea deal or just admitted guilt.The deals aren't exactly the same,but they show that justice will be applied fairly and with a lighter hand if the defendants take responsibility for their actions.


That said, I think that the higher ups in APS would have gotten jail regardless.

Beverly Hall
Beverly Hall

@Astropig I got something WORSE than Jail.  At least they got HVAC at the big house.  Where I'm at, they aint got no air.....AND IT'S HOT IN HERE !  LAWD JESUS, Get me out of here ! 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Same song, another verse, so same response - if those with influence would only listen:


Standardized tests cannot compare - with validity - the progress (or lack thereof) of the students of one teacher with another teacher's, nor one school's score results with another school's, nor one school system's scores with another school system's scores because the variable of different student populations will be forever be present which keeps valid comparisons from being made.


Moreover, standardized testing should ONLY be used to diagnose where individual students are functioning, where they individually should be placed, and on what level of curriculum instruction each should be taught irrespective of grade level demarcations.

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

@MaryElizabethSings  Same song, another verse, and same response from you:

Cheating by the teachers ignored;

Cheating of the students ignored;

Opportunity to complain about standardized testing taken. 


When will you run out of excuses for teachers?

Astropig
Astropig

@BurroughstonBroch @MaryElizabethSings


I think you are seeing the stubbornly arrogant mindset that kept the APS defendants from accepting generous deals that would have spared them so much anguish. That's the very core of the sentencing issue here-there is a school of thought that still believes that these people did nothing wrong.