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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, March 29, 2013

"Ex-Schools Chief in Atlanta Is Indicted in Testing Scandal"

She denies that she ever ordered cheating, but the story in The New York Times provides a nice example of how one can foster cheating (and other law breaking) without ever encouraging it:

In a 2011 interview with The New York Times, Dr. Hall said that people under her had allowed cheating but that she never had. “I can’t accept that there is a culture of cheating,” she said.

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[A source] said teachers were under constant pressure from principals who feared they would be fired if they did not meet the testing targets set by the superintendent.

Dr. Hall was known to rule by fear. She gave principals three years to meet their testing goals. Few did; in her decade as superintendent, she replaced 90 percent of the principals.

Teachers and principals whose students had high test scores received tenure and thousands of dollars in performance bonuses. Otherwise, as one teacher explained, it was “low score out the door.”


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