Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder – “Atlanta School Workers Sentenced in Test Score Cheating Case” – NYTimes.com

Best argument I know for abolishing No Child Left Behind and abandoning the entire national testing scam. Criminalizing public education is the real scandal.

“And as some of the defendants vowed to appeal, it ensured that this city would continue to grapple with two harrowing and interrelated questions: How much mercy should be due a roster of educators with otherwise spotless records? And what kind of justice is due the thousands of students, most of them poor minorities, whose falsely inflated standardized test scores obscured their academic shortcomings?

Many here, amid widespread calls for leniency before the sentencing, were shocked at the severity of the sentences handed down by Judge Jerry W. Baxter, who on Monday seemed to indicate that he wanted to avoid prison terms. But after the deals fell through, and while declaring the cheating scandal “the sickest thing that’s ever happened in this town,” he imposed sentences that appeared to be more harsh than in similar cheating scandals elsewhere and that exceeded what criminals sometimes can receive for violent crimes.”

via Atlanta School Workers Sentenced in Test Score Cheating Case – NYTimes.com.

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Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder – “Atlanta School Workers Sentenced in Test Score Cheating Case” – NYTimes.com

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