Now here’s an inspiring story — a Jamaican immigrant becomes a teacher, then rises over the years into the government educational system hierarchy, where she lowers the Black-White achievement gap. Educrats and politicians all over the nation swoon:
In addition to serving as Atlanta Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Beverly Hall is chair of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Urban Superintendents Program, where she serves as a mentor superintendent to participants in the doctoral program. She also is a member of the Teaching Commission, which develops specific policy recommendations to deal with the teaching crisis in America.
Dr. Hall is the recipient of many local and national honors, including the American Association of School Administrators’ 2006 Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. “Ground Crew” Award, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Legacy Award and the Atlanta Urban Debate League’s award named in her honor, the Beverly L. Hall Urban Debate Administrator of the Year Award.
Here’s a video of Dr. Hall wowing Congress’ Education and Labor committee. Could the position of Education Secretary be far behind, where, from such a lofty fulcrum, she could move the entire education system?
But rumors circulated that her miraculous results were phony. Dr. Hall ordered an internal investigation that concluded there were no problems [?!]. However, a state investigation has revealed a wide-spread, coordinated effort to pump up scores:
Georgia investigators have found evidence of cheating at close to 80 percent of the Atlanta schools where they examined the 2009 administration of state tests.
The 48,000-student Atlanta district has been under a cloud for the past two years, ever since an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis found improbably high results on the state’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCT.
So now we’re looking at a criminal case against both Dr. Hall and her assistant Kathy Augustine.
Have we learned anything? When the next miracle worker proclaims he’s found the secret to making all children above average, will we believe him?
Of course we will. There’s something bigger at stake here than just a vast conspiracy to commit educational fraud. The real issue is the government’s commitment to equality, to the notion that all good things come from government itself, and that its citizens, especially schoolchildren, are its passive raw materials.
The issue here is not whether Hall broke a few rules. She did. But if Dr. Hall is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? Isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society, and its pursuit of diversity? Well, you can do whatever you want, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to condemnations against the United States of America!
Take it away, Otter: