This is one of this biggest education scandals in US history. I’m they thought, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’
In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams.
The defendants – including teachers, a principal and other administrators – were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta school system.
A 12th defendant, a teacher, was acquitted of all charges by the jury.
They will all be sentenced on April 8 and could face up to 20 years in prison for the racketeering charges.
‘This is a huge story and absolutely the biggest development in American education law since forever,’ said University of Georgia law professor Ron Carlson.
‘It has to send a message to educators here and broadly across the nation. Playing with student test scores is very, very dangerous business.’
The case stems from an investigation carried out in 2011, which uncovered evidence that the educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in.
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