Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Miscellaneous Musings, Tuesday, July 12, 2011

This is from Mark Steyn’s column Selective Shaming on National Review On Line. It seems there’s been massive test fraud on the standard achievement tests conducted by the Atlanta Public School system. It’s a clear example of the core problem with unions of any kind; the object becomes protection of the union workers and jobs and to heck with any other goal, like actually doing the job. How long will taxpayers continue to put up with this kind of thing?

The APS [Atlanta Public Schools] Human Resources honcho Millicent Few illegally had an early report into test-tampering destroyed. So APS not only got the federal gravy but was also held up to the nation at large as a heartwarming, inspirational example of how large urban school districts can reform themselves and improve educational opportunities for their children. And its fake test scores got its leader, Beverly Hall, garlanded with the National Superintendent of the Year Award, the Administrator of the Year Award, the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Keystone Award for Leadership in Education, the Concerned Black Clergy Education Award, the American Association of School Administrators Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award, and a zillion other phony-baloney baubles with which the American edu-fraud cartel scratches its own back.

In reality, Beverly Hall’s Atlanta Public Schools system was in the child-abuse business: It violated the education of its students in order to improve its employees’ cozy sinecures. The whole rotten, stinking school system is systemically corrupt from the superintendent down. But what are the chances of APS being closed down? How many of those fraudulent non-teachers will waft on within the system until their lucrative retirements?

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