According to The New York Times, the scandal goes beyond cheating. Retired district superintendent Beverly L. Hall is among 35 Atlanta educators indicted by a Fulton County grand jury. Dr. Hall was charged with "racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements." Hall reportedly earned more than $500,000 in performance bonuses. She faces up to 45 years in prison. Dr. Hall has received considerable recognition for her achievements, which later turned out to be counterfeit. -Cal Thomas
For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.
Crime, Government, Incompetence, Fraud, Education
Just days after three Philadelphia school principals were fired for alleged cheating, news comes that the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is conducting a criminal investigation into widespread cheating involving more than 100 educators around the city... "Do you know how many of us sat in meetings with our bosses and were told, 'You have to bring your scores up'?" Robert McGrogan, a one-time Philadelphia principal told the Inquirer. "There was no how-to book given to us."
Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Greed
It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis. Authorities say the scheme affected hundreds — if not thousands — of public school students who ended up being taught by unqualified instructors.
Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Greed
Three warrants have been issued for a Dougherty County School principal, who makes nearly $90,000 a year, and her husband after the family falsified documents so her daughter could get a free or reduced school lunch. Gloria Baker is suspended from Morningside Elementary. Her daughter attends Merry Acres Middle School and may have been getting free or reduced meals for as long as three years, even though she shouldn't qualify for them.
Crime, Government, Fraud, Education
MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – One man has been indicted on 45 counts of conspiracy to violate United States laws in connection to a teacher certification scam that involved at least 50 teachers and aspiring teachers in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. According to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee Edward L. Stanton, Clarence Mumford, 58, of Memphis was charging teachers money and in return, finding other people to pose as them to take their teacher certification examinations... According to the indictment, the scam began in 1995 and went on until March 2010.
The state of North Carolina is investigating charges of credit card abuse among one county’s school administrators. Public school employees expensed money spent at places like spas, Bojangles, and Wal-Mart–charges believed to be personal, according to CBS Charlotte.
Government, Fraud, Education
State officials are calling a cheating scandal involving biology teachers at North Central High School one of the most serious such incidents they have seen. On Friday, Washington Township Schools officials announced the resignation of the teacher at the center of the scandal and the suspensions of five other teachers.
Character, Fraud, Education
BELLPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A hefty severance deal has been reached involving a school boss accused of “fixing” an athlete’s grades on Long Island. The school superintendent has agreed to resign, but will continue to be paid for two years... The school board president said the decision to pay Cipp more than half a million dollars to leave was reached because if he had been fired and sued that would have cost far more.
Their investigators determined in 2003 that one school had actually cheated and in 2004 found that 41 schools had. In 2010, just 27 were determined to be cheating.
Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Corruption
In one grant application, Klentschy falsified test results in an effort to show that his science teaching methods were successful, according to court documents. Under a plea bargain revealed Monday, Klentschy has agreed to repay $325,282 to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the El Centro Elementary School District.
Government, Incompetence, Fraud, Education
Experts say cases of teachers altering test scores have risen along with the stakes involved in testing.