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Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal ended today with 11 arrests, 1 is pregnant

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This is no April Fools’ joke. Eleven of 12 former Atlanta Public Schools employees were found guilty of cheating, today April 1, 2015, in Fulton County [Georgia] Superior Court. One of the accused, Shani Robinson (number seven in above photo), is pregnant is the only one of the 11 who wasn’t remanded into custody because she is near her due date.

Judge Jerry Baxter ordered the guilty to jail immediately, telling defense attorneys, “They have made their bed and they’re going to have to lie in it and it starts today.”

In the original indictment, 35 educators were accused of conspiring to change student answers on standardized tests by a Fulton County grand jury. Twenty one took plea deals and the remaining chose to stand trial, including former national award winning superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall, 68, who passed away after a long battle with breast cancer on March 2, 2015, and D.H. Stanton Elementary School former principal Dr. Willie Davenport, 66, who passed away on September 4, 2013, after a battle with breast cancer as well. Hall resigned from her position in 2011 and denied any role in the cheating scandal until her death.

A racketeering indictment could earn the educators a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Verdicts are as follow:
Sharon Davis-Williams: School Resource Team Executive Director, Violation of racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations act (RICO): GUILTY, False statements: NOT GUILTY
Tamara Cotman: School Resource Team Executive Director, RICO: GUILTY
Michael Pitts: School Resource Team Executive Director, RICO: GUILTY, Influencing witnesses: GUILTY
Dana Evans: Dobbs Elementary Principal, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY
Angela Williamson: Dobbs Elementary Teacher: RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY, False swearing: GUILTY
Dessa Curb: All counts: NOT GUILTY
Shani Robinson: Dunbar Elementary Teacher, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY
Pamela Cleveland: Dunbar Elementary Teacher, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY
Diane Buckner-Webb: Dunbar Elementary Teacher, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY
Tabeeka Jordan: Deerwood Elemtary Asst. Principal, RICO: GUILTY, False statements: NOT GUILTY, Theft by taking: NOT GUILTY
Donald Bullock: Usher-Collier Heights Elementary Testing Coordinator , RICO: GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY, False swearing: GUILTY
Theresia Copeland: Benteen Elementary Testing Coordinator , RICO: GUILTY, Theft by taking: NOT GUILTY, False statements: GUILTY

Charges and Sentence Ranges

Violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act O.C.G.A. 16-14-4 (C)
5-20 years

False Statements and Writings O.C.G.A 16-10-20
1-5 years

False Swearing O.C.G.A. 16-10-71
1-5 years

Theft by Taking O.C.G.A. 16-8-2
1-15 years

Influencing Witnesses O.C.G.A. 16-10-93
1-5 years


20 Comments

  1. Spence on April 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Calling these people “educators” is a REAL stretch!!!

  2. john smith on April 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Did anyone wonder why the blacks are finishing school with honors and yet they can’t read or put together a sentence? Do you people really think this is something new? This is going on every day in black schools.

    • Monique Love on April 2, 2015 at 6:11 am

      Why the blacks…sounds suspect as it is. I hope you are not white John, because, you would have to be black to know what is going on in black schools anyway..PS what happened to desegregation in the first place? …POW, black honor student making a sentence….

      • thebayarean on April 2, 2015 at 10:38 am

        Clearly he isn’t black, as he used the giveaway phrase, “you people.” Regardless of race, this is a travesty to the education system, especially for students who actually DID perform well. Black people are NOT monolithic, contrary to popular belief.

        • Rich Thomas on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

          The phrase “you people” is used to address the reader, not the subject. Context clues. Use them.

        • Guest on April 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm

          That
          was a great try at the race card you get an “A” for that.

          However I am white but I’m not sure what that has to do with me telling the
          truth. No I don’t have to be in a black school to know that black students are graduating from school who cannot read. All I need to do is try to hire black people who are coming out of black schools and see that they cannot read the applications or fill them out.

          It’s time that people like you quirt making excuses for the black’s and
          the black schools that are turning these illiterate people out into society and think they have done them a favor by giving them a diploma that they do not deserve.

          And if you think desegregation is going to fix this you are wrong on that also. The change must come from the black culture that is causing this to happen.

          • thebayarean on April 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm

            Whenever we hear the “people like you” approach, we know exactly what and who we’re dealing with. No need to waste my breath any further. Thanks!



          • john smith on May 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm

            What does “we know exactly what and who we’re dealing with” mean? Are you playing the race card as usual, or are you referring to another person who is telling the truth that “we” don’t want to hear?



        • john smith on May 7, 2015 at 12:37 pm

          Read my last reply above. Another nice try.

      • john smith on April 10, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        That was a great try at the race card you get an “A” for effort.

        However I am white but I’m not sure what that has to do with me telling the
        truth. No I don’t have to be in a black school to know that black students are graduating from school who cannot read. All I need to do is try to hire black people who are coming out of black schools and see that they cannot read the applications or fill them out.

        It’s time that people like you quirt making excuses for the black’s and the black schools that are turning these illiterate people out into society and think they have done them a favor by giving them a diploma that they do not deserve.

        And if you think desegregation is going to fix this you are wrong on that also. The change must come from the black culture that is causing this to happen.

      • john smith on May 7, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        Actualy, I was refering to the people in this thread not “you black people.” Just another attempt at the race card. Get over it, it’s not working any more.

  3. Tiffany on April 1, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    im not understanding some of these mugshots. What in God’s name is so amusing? The really sad thing about all of this is that these teachers aren’t from ONE school, they are from several and an admin office. And the woman who fostered this culture of winning at all costs to not disappoint HER is now dead. Its really sad all around.

  4. Yes I'm white on April 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Dem white folks going after them black folks is raycist!!!! Day didn’t do nufin!!!

    Anyone that doesn’t think that this is a “black thing” is a complete moron. And you’re right….I wouldn’t understand. This isn’t occurring in Forsyth County is it? Step up and admit that by and large the values of the black culture are base, and primitive, and get behind leaders that can affect real change, (Allen West as an example) not just offer shadows and sugar to itching ears which are wanting to hear that these types of actions are understandable.

    When are black communities going to stand up and take responsibility for the situation you all (or you people if you prefer) are in? Listen folks….the race card has played out…even the “gay” card gets more respect these days….we have a black president now….time to put your big boy pants on (and pull them up to your actual waist so we don’t see your big assess and underwear) and stop doing stupid (*&&.

  5. gary on April 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

    whitey made them do it!

  6. GrandMe on April 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I went to a predominately black school until seventh grade. We were given passing grades if we sat quietly in our chairs through class. Yes, we were given lessons to do, but beyond third grade we weren’t *taught*. This school was in rural VA, and I attended in the late sixties, early seventies. As a consequence I knew virtually nothing at math, english, and science by the time I relocated to NY as a tween. Thank goodness I was a voracious reader, because it was the only thing that kept me from crushing ignorance.
    Most of the teachers were very nice, but not motivated. Most of the kids were very nice and quite happy to skate on learning. Go figure.

  7. Allan on April 2, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Were there no white teachers in on the scam?

  8. Nigg.Newton on April 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Excellent news!!!

    Now can we get — Tyrone and Pookie, into HARVARD!

  9. Gooseontheloose on April 2, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    On to the Ivies and other such elite institutions for these fine examples of academia – after they are released from jail that is.

  10. Fox on April 3, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Wow! this story is sad and a disgrace but this is just the one that was caught. It sounds like the commenters below think this only happens in Black schools but rest assured it is happening in “white schools and states too”, they just haven’t been exposed yet or it is hidden as is the case many times. This is a “people” thing not a “color” thing! And Blacks are finishing schools with honors because they work and study as hard and in some cases, even, harder than their counterparts of another color! Don’t blame it on the color of a person’s skin because there are persons of all colors that can’t read or put together sentences.
    I am Black, well educated and proud!!!

    • john smith on May 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      I’m glad for you and you should be proud. But unfortunately you are wrong on this subject.

      I went to a mostly white school in the city of Milwaukee WI. The school
      was clean covered in glass and had a center open area that the school
      was made around, with trees and grass. Within a short time the area
      changed, blacks moved in, crime went up, and whites moved out. As a
      cop I would get called to that school. Now all the glass was covered
      with stainless steel the center was cut off and all the windows that
      looked into the center was covered with stainless steel. The stair
      cases smelled of urin and there was complete chaos on the halls.

      This is a Black Culture problem and will continue to be until the black
      people of this country wake up and take responsibility for their
      actions, and stop hiding behind the race card.